2017–18 Season: Woglinde and the Forest Bird in Der Ring des Nibelungen
American soprano Stacey Tappan made her San Francisco Opera debut as Woglinde and the Forest Bird in the 2011 cycle, two roles that she has previously performed with Los Angeles Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her career highlights include Stella Kowalski in André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire with Los Angeles Opera, Opera San Jose, and Hawaii Opera Theatre; Queen Tye in Philip Glass' Akhnaten with Los Angeles Opera; Adele (Die Fledermaus) with the Glyndebourne Festival; Gilda (Rigoletto) in Lille and Dijon; Despina (Così fan tutte) with the Jacksonville Symphony; the Wren (The Birds), Virtú and Pallade (L'Incoronazione di Poppea), the Dew Fairy (Hänsel und Gretel), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), and Clorinda (La Cenerentola) with Los Angeles Opera; and Beth (Little Women) with Houston Grand Opera. A graduate of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Center for American Artists, she sang with the company as Nannetta (Falstaff), Bella (The Midsummer Marriage), multiple roles in Die Frau ohne Schatten, the Charmeuse (Thaïs), and the First Esquire (Parsifal), among others. Her awards include grants from the Elardo Competition and the Solti Foundation, first place in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation competition, finalist in the MacAllister and Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum competitions, the Richard F. Gold Career Grant, as well as the Lucrezia Bori award.