Sylvia Stone, mezzo-soprano, is Professor of Voice and Chair of the Voice Division at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She teaches Voice and also German Diction, as well as French Diction for Singers. Extending her performing talents, expertise, and wisdom into the realm of teaching is a source of great satisfaction to Professor Stone. She teaches her students from an actual performer's perspective and considers herself fortunate through teaching to have the opportunity to pass on her passion for singing to talented and eager young singers.
Her training was at the Eastman School of Music (student of Julius Huehn) where she earned a B.M. (vocal performance) and M.M. (music literature) with honors, a Performer's Certificate in both voice and opera and she was a George Eastman Scholar. She completed additional studies with the German composer and Musikhochschuldirektor Hermann Reutter at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart and with Maria Wetzelsberger-Gluck.
A Fulbright scholar, Sylvia Stone was a two-time recipient of the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation Grant. After making her professional debut in Germany in the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Professor Stone, a mezzo-soprano, made her home there and sang with opera companies throughout the German-speaking countries. Additional engagements took her to cities in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Iceland, and America. Professor Stone's wide operatic repertoire, spanning more than 1,300 performances, includes the roles of Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, the lead roles in Bizet's Carmen and Gluck's Orfeo, Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Komponist in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, and Azucena in Verdi's Il Trovatore. In Reykjavik, she sang the role of Mary in Der Fliegende Holländer in the first performance there of an opera by Richard Wagner. Her most recent honor was to be awarded Il Tartufo D’Oro 2018 at the Mostra Nazionale del Tartufo Bianco Pregiato, which the city of Sant’Angelo in Vado hosts annually in late October.
A frequent adjudicator and clinician, Professor Stone teaches during the summer months at Scuola Italia for Young Opera Singers in Sant'Angelo in Vado, Italy, and at the Austrian-American-Mozart-Academy in Salzburg, Austria. Other activities include her tenure as co-director of the Komische-Kammer-Oper-München, an international music theater program for young singers in Germany; as director of the MONC East Central Illinois District Auditions; and her frequent affiliation with the University of Miami's Summer Program in Salzburg as master class clinician, as well as at FAVA Salzburg. Summer of 2021 marks her seventeenth season as artistic director of Il Corso Estivo per Giovani Cantanti Lirici in Urbania and Sant'Angelo in Vado, Italy.