"And sometimes Hong Kong gets lucky. American soprano Michelle Lange recently (more or less) relocated here. Her striking performance of Donna Elvira was strongly sung and strong-willed." -Peter Gordon, Asian Review of Books, Opera Hong Kong's 2019 Don Giovanni
International award-winning American soprano Michelle Lange has been featured in Asia, Europe and the United States, appearing in Vienna with “The Sound of Austria,” singing over one hundred performances of Contessa in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro,to the title role in the matinee performance of Puccini’s Turandot with Mississippi Opera. Ms. Lange has taken the stage as the leading soprano in Così fan tutte, The Magic Flute, La Bohème, Rigoletto, and Die Fledermaus. She brought Carlotta to life in Southern Opera and Musical Theatre’s production of The Phantom of the Opera, and made her Asia debut as Kate in Musica Viva’s production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Ms. Lange made her debut with Opera Hong Kong as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
Ms. Lange won the 2016 and 2017 Voices of Mississippi Competition as well as the 2017 William T. Gower Concerto Competition at the University of Southern Mississippi, and placed second in the 2017 Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser Competition with Mobile Opera. Other engagements include San Antonio Opera, Arizona Opera, San Antonio Mozart Festival, Incarnate Word Orchestra, Starlight Symphony Orchestra and the San Antonio Municipal Band. Ms. Lange holds a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is ABD for her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Stefan Gordon has performed in operas, theaters, churches, and in concert in productions in Germany, Austria, Italy, and across America. He has created two leading roles in American opera premieres, participating in both Arizona Opera workshops of Craig Bohmler’s new opera Riders of the Purple Sage as the villainous Elder Tull. With Ohio Light Opera he premiered the role of romantic lead James Paradene in the first complete performance of Jerome Kern’s The Cabaret Girl in the United States, a role he recorded with Albany Records.
As a performer, he is scheduled to perform the role of Dandini in Rossini’s Cinderella in the Netherlands, Uberto in Serva Padrona in Hong Kong, and tour a new opera, Stranger at Home in the United States. Last season he sang Sharpless in Musica Viva’s Madama Butterfly, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, and Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette in the Netherlands, and he toured Smokey Joes Café across southern China.
Other previous roles include Count Gil in Segreto di Susanna, Uberto in Serva Padrona, Marquis in La Traviata, and Masetto/Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Count in Nozze di Figaro, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Pirate King and Samuel in Pirates of Penzance, Marullo in Rigoletto, Paquillo in La Perichole, Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore, Count Carnero in The Gypsy Baron, Prince Paul in Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, Frere Jean in Romeo et Juliette, Sid in Albert Herring, Le mari in Les mamelles de Tiresias, Demetrius in Serse, and the title role in Gianni Schicchi.
Dr. Gordon is also an international stage director. He led in the casting and creation of a new opera production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with over 200 productions in Vienna, Austria. In 2018 he also directed a production of Die Zauberflöte with the Vienna Summer Music Festival, where he also worked as a musical coach for their 2017 production of Don Giovanni. Dr. Gordon directed the American Rapides Symphony’s production of La Traviata in 2019 and Die Zauberflöte in 2016. In 2019 he is scheduled to direct operas in the United States and Austria. Other directing credits include The Mikado, Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi.
Dr. Gordon created the Northwestern Opera Theater Ensemble at NSULA, where he spent two years as an Assistant Professor of Music. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University, a Master of music from Florida State, and a Bachelor of music from the University of Utah.