Culture Map raves, "In the title role [of Princess Ida] is soprano Megan Stapleton, an artist of clarity, power, and much expressivity. She is also a gifted actor, playing the role with a studied intensity. She is, after all, playing the head of a women's university where no men are permitted. She has to be imposing for the 100 young women who follow her lead. I found her glamorous presence on stage mesmerizing, her voice melodious when it had to blend with others in an ensemble, but always extraordinary in solo passages. She has star quality, and I look forward to hearing her again in Houston or elsewhere."
BroadwayWorld.com states, "Megan Stapleton... has a crystalline, ethereal voice. She sings purely and seemingly effortlessly, even when delivering high notes that seem pulled from another realm. Her voice is never shrill, always confident and pure. And she's funny, too. Stapleton has a lyrical physicality; she is adept at using posturing and body language to make the most of the comedic moments."
A Note About Repertoire:
There are many types of soprano, and I like to say that fach is fluid! My voice has often been called warm and silvery. I have the “sweet/pretty” timbre, strong middle voice, and keen acting chops that are associated with a soubrette, but my voice is also very flexible and enjoys conquering great melismatic feats! I strive for excellence in musicality, style, and technique. Most importantly, I study the text until I am able to deliver it in a spontaneous, raw, and genuine way, directly from the soul. The text always informs the way I shape a phrase or add an ornament. With every uttered sound, communication is my mission!
Here are a few repertoire examples that feel like butter in my voice:
Any Mozart -ina/-anna role!
Despina, Zerlina, Pamina, Susanna, Barbarina... What can I say? I am made to play a maid! (and the occasional distressed princess!)
HANDEL, HANDEL, AND MORE HANDEL!
Cleopatra, Semele, Alcina, Partenope, his oratorio soprano roles, the list goes on and on... I am obsessed with Handel! His music sets my soul on fire!
Soprano rep by other baroque composers, such as Purcell, Charpentier, Monteverdi, and Bach, to name a few. I love love love baroque rep! It fits my voice and my spirit like a glove!
Young Alice from Tom Cipullo's Glory Denied
Adina (another -ina!) from Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore
G&S roles like Mabel, Ida, Josephine, and Aline... Comedy is my strength!
Golden Age musical theater roles, such as Marian Paroo, Laurey Williams, and Eliza Doolittle... These are my dream roles!
MEGAN STAPLETON is regarded as “an artist of clarity, power, and much expressivity...” (Culture Map). Active in Houston’s early music scene, Megan has been a featured soloist with Ars Lyrica, Mercury Chamber Orchestra, Houston’s Bach Society, and other Texas-based baroque chamber ensembles. She is the vocalist of Houston Baroque, with whom she released the album “My Soul Sees and Hears” in 2016. With a heart for children, Megan has performed extensively in various children’s programs with Houston Grand Opera, including Opera To Go!, Storybook Opera, and First Songs. Regarded for her comedic timing and “lyrical physicality” (BroadwayWorld.com), Megan has performed three leading roles with Houston’s G&S Society, and the Galveston Symphony Orchestra has welcomed Megan as their soloist on multiple occasions. Her professional career began in New England, where she sang with The Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Opera Collaborative, SoHIP, and Boston Metro Opera. She has recorded three new song cycles by Thomas Oboe Lee at WGBH, and has also premiered works by M.C. Warwick and Gregory Spears at Houston Grand Opera. Megan’s versatility extends to the pop and early jazz styles, as well, crediting her with regular performances as the featured vocalist with jazz pianist Paul English. She holds degrees with honors from The University of North Texas (DMA), New England Conservatory (MM) and Sam Houston State University (BM). While working on her DMA, she taught applied voice lessons and voice methods classes to undergrads at UNT, and was a protege of Dr. Stephen F. Austin. Dr. Stapleton is currently a Teaching Artist in Residence at McNeese State University.