|Me and my dad
I love singing opera and have performed numerous professional productions in my lifetime. Below are a few photos from my opera journey!
|Martha Booth my friend and vocal instructor, Director and Principle Voice Instructor Colorado College
Overtures and Arias solo performances
How My Opera Journey was Born
My father played the tuba in the Air Force Band and sang in a jazz band while stationed in Japan. He had the special opportunity to make a 75 vinyl recording of the song “the Sunny Side of the Street” during his tour of duty. Although, the recording is a little rough my dads beautiful tenor voice is very clear, as it is to this day. My mom also sang and played the guitar when we were children. A typical holiday in the Stone home is filled with food, song and lot’s of laughter. As a result of growing up in a home filled with music, my three older brothers and I became professional musicians. I started singing folk songs and church hymns as a child and as I grew older the passion for singing was born in my soul. I knew then that I would sing professionally. My first lead singing role was Judas in “Jesus Christ Super Star”. I was in 7th grade. Thanks to Daniel Drigget, my music teacher at Monroe Junior High School in Elmwood Ill., a girl was cast in a lead “boy” role and made history as the beautiful start of my amazing opera journey.
|A Midsummer Voice Recital Fine Arts Center Colorado Springs, with my fans…lol!|
I sang leading roles throughout Junior High and High School and went on to study voice with the Dean of Music, Martha Hopkins Booth at the Colorado College. My first opera performance was in the chorus of the Merry Widow. I lived with a smile on my face that entire summer; I had three costume changes, wore tons of makeup and false eyelashes, had cool “period” hair and best of all, I had an audience!
|the Ballad of Baby Doe-Salon Girl second from
|Faust-Walpurgis Night Scene me as Cleopatra|
|Madame Butterfly- Vocal Ensemble Geisha Girl on the right|
Some Music Theater Productions
|Anything Goes “Bonnie” Fine Art Repertoire Theater
Wish I had that figure again!
|Bonnie far left|
|Mooney and Bonnie (me) Anything Goes|
|My Fair Lady understudy Eliza Doolittle
Unfortunately, the lead didn’t break her leg!
|Sharks or Jets??? hint…I feel pretty…that’s me in the black dress center stage|
|Martile Bucklou Rolland Soprano and me La Traviata
It’s a wonderful feeling to get paid for a job you love.
|the Tales of Hoffmann|
|Mikado Denver Opera Colorado-Oratorio Ensemble
|Mikado Denver Opera Colorado-Oratorio Ensemble|
Operas not pictured; The Merry Widow, la Boheme, Tosca, Turandot, Lucia di Lammermoor, der Rosenkavalier, il Trovatore, the Tales of Hoffmann, Faust,Opera Colorado, Denver
The Denver Symphony Chorus and Oritorio Ensemble
Colorado Springs Opera Festival
Fine Art Repertoire Theater
Music, Food and Family..it’s what makes my heart sing!