Colombian-American soprano Stephanie Lamprea is an architect of new sounds and expressions as a performer, recitalist, curator and improviser, specializing in contemporary classical repertoire. Trained as an operatic coloratura, Stephanie uses her voice as a mechanism of avant-garde performance art, creating “maniacal shifts of vocal production and character… like an icepick through the skull” (composer Jason Eckardt). Her work has been described as “mercurial” by I Care If You Listen, and she “sings so expressively and slowly with ever louder and higher-pitched voice, that the inclined listener [has] shivers down their back and tension flows into the last row." (Halberstadt.de) She received a 2019 Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, and she was awarded 2nd prize in the international John Cage Awards, sponsored by the John Cage Orgel Stiftung in Halberstadt, Germany. Her curatorial work received a 2018 grant from the Puffin Foundation, and in 2019 she was a featured TEDX Speaker and Performer for TEDxWaltham: Going Places.
Stephanie devours mammoth works of virtuosity and extended techniques with ease and creative insight, singing with an entire spectrum of vocal colors (including operatic style, straight tone, sputters and throat noises). Works of note she has performed include Kate Soper's IPSA DIXIT, Georges Aperghis' 14 Recitations, Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs, and Shostakovich’s Seven Verses of Alexander Blok, and she values close collaborations with composers of today, having championed works by Ms. Soper, Jason Eckardt, Chaya Czernowin, Aaron Jay Myers, Kaija Saariaho, Ashkan Behzadi, Reiko Fueting, jazz bassist / composer Nick Dunston, and several others. She has performed as a solo and chamber musician at Roulette, National Sawdust, Shapeshifter Lab, Miller Theater at Columbia University, the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center, the Slipper Room, Park Avenue Armory, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Clark University, and the Re:Sound Festival in Cleveland, Ohio.
Stephanie is one half of Peridot, a contemporary vocal duo that uses creative programming to highlight challenging and alternative methods to vocal chamber music, and she has collaborated with new music ensembles such as Ekmeles (NYC), Equilibrium (Boston), Verdant Vibes (Rhode Island), and Guerrilla Opera (Boston). Her passions for interdisciplinary work and social advocacy have led her to create projects such as Recitations in Movement, a performance in collaboration with dance artist Laila J. Franklin to raise funds for Rosie's Place, a shelter for homeless and battered women, and Pidgin Talk, a commissioning effort dedicated to creating new works for voice that alter the use of linguistics.
Stephanie was born in New York and grew up in San Antonio, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where she worked with Maitland Peters and Lucy Shelton. Her current mentors include Sarah Maria Sun, Gina Izzo and Eunbi Kim through the bespoken mentorship program.