PRINCETON, NJ – What did you do in college? A recent Sparta High School graduate is attending Princeton where her opera debuts this week end. Stephanie Leotsakos is the composer, librettist, conductor and producer of “an original chamber opera titled OMG.”
The soon-to-be graduate of Princeton University will leave campus with a B.A. in Music with a concentration and certificates in Vocal Performance and Teacher Preparation. OMG is her senior thesis.
For those unable to get to the theater, the program will be streamed live
Leotsakos has been a lifelong resident of Sparta, attending Sparta’s public schools. In 2012 she was honored with the title of Miss Sparta.
She originally arrived at Princeton as a violinist, performing in the university orchestra for two years before discovering her “passion for the stage and for solo soprano performance in the world of opera.” Her experiences as a soprano include having performed in operas with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre, OperAverona in Verona, Italy and with the Princeton University Music Department Opera Theatre.
On the Princeton campus Leotsakos is the Student Assistant Conductor of the Glee Club, with which she also performs. Her voice can be heard in the Princeton University Chamber Choir, Opera Company and Orange Pan-Hellenic Association.
Donnacha Dennehy, Associate Professor of Music at Princeton, and Stephanie’s Thesis Advisor, said, “Stephanie has been enormously devoted to her Senior Thesis this past year, and I am delighted to see and hear it take flight. She has been super clear from the word go about her intentions in this piece and it has been a thrill to see the work develop.”
As she prepares to graduate she is completing a book to accompany her opera. She will also be giving a Senior Solo Vocal Recital on May 15 in the Taplin Auditorium at Princeton.
For those unable to get to the theater, the program will be streamed live this evening from the Taplin Auditorium beginning at 3 p.m.