| At the tender age of five,the latent musicality of soprano
Stefanie Kopinits was discovered while singing in a children’s choir
in Vienna, the City of Music itself. Formal training commenced at age 15
in both the Vienna Conservatory of Music and then at the School of Music
and Performing Arts. Her teachers include prestigious names from the Viennese
music scene: Margarita Heppe, Gerda Scheyrer, Konstantin Zaharia, Sena Jurinac
and most recently, Renate Holm.
At the completion of her music education, Ms. Kopinits “cashed in” her job at the Viennese Bank Institute and embarked upon what was to be an impressive singing career beginning at the State Theatre of Oldenburg in northern Germany. In her debut season, she sang five leading lyric roles, including Marie in “The Bartered Bride” and Antonia in “The Tales of Hoffmann”. She continued to expand her repertoire, from Mozart to Puccini, from Verdi to Wagner, and scored many successes in the demanding genre of the classic operetta, something the Viennese soprano was practically pre-destined for! Her interpretation of Rosalinde in “Die Fledermaus” delighted even the legendary Marcel Prawy.
The young singer also shone in the arena of competition, being named finalist and “Best Austrian Singer” at the International Belvedere vocal competition, as well as being awarded “Most Promising Talent” at the “Opera en Bel Canto” in Gent, Belgium for her rendition of Mimi.
No stranger to the concert stage, Ms. Kopinits has sung throughout Europe, as well as in the U.S (New York, Washington D.C.), Cairo, Egypt and China. If you are a fan of cruises, you just might encounter the art and Viennese charm of this singer on the high seas, where she is a frequent and sought-after featured solo artist.
Recently, she has begun to teach—a whole new generation of young singers are benefiting from her wide-ranging knowledge of vocal technique and interpretation.