Soprano Emily Kurcan Stephenson is thrilled to be tasked with spreading opera education across the Vegas Valley. Heading up Vegas City Opera’s Young Artist Program has been a true joy for Emily on her artist path! Praised for her “impressive high notes” (How Was The Show) and “glowing upper range” (Examiner.com), Ms. Stephenson performs regularly around the Las Vegas valley. In addition to her regular concert work, recent favorite roles include La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, featured solos in Pagliacci, Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, Rigoletto and Zinnia in L’Etoile.
Prior to moving to Las Vegas, Ms. Stephenson maintained an active performance schedule in Minnesota and Colorado. Favorite performances include Cupid in Garden of Song Opera’s Orpheus and Eurydice, Aline in Empire Lyric Players’ The Sorcerer, and Minnesota Concert Opera’s outreach production of Opera 101. Additionally, Ms. Stephenson was a featured soloist with Sonomento and Coro!
Taylor See is excited to be a Vegas City Opera Young Artist while she defers pursuing her Masters Degree at San Francisco Conservatory during the pandemic. Taylor, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, is recognized as the second place winner of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) Concerto Competition (2020), a finalist in the James Toland Vocal Arts Voice Competition (2020), a finalist in the Classical Singer (CS MUSIC) Voice Competition (2020), and a finalist in the New York Lyric Opera Competition (2017). She began her musical studies at the age of six playing piano, and she began singing at the age of fourteen.
Taylor has sung the roles of Contessa Almaviva in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at SFCM (2019), Teofane in Handel's Ottone at SFCM (2020), Valencienne in Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow at the Utah Vocal Arts Academy Summer Opera Festival (2017), Lucy Brown in Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera at SFCM (2018), Julie in David Conte’s Firebird Motel at SFCM (2020), Novizia in Puccini's Suor Angelica at SFCM (2017), and Vixen (cover) in Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen at Opera Steamboat (2018). She was the soprano soloist in Faure’s Requiem at SFCM (2019) and the soprano soloist in Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ at Desert Spring United Methodist Church (2016).
Taylor is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, earning her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance (2020) under the tutelage of César Ulloa.
Marshall Morrow returns as a second year young artist with Vegas City Opera in the 2020 - 2021 season as well as performing the role of Fasholt, in The Ring Vegas (a condensed Wagner's Ring Cycle)!
Previously Marshall performed the role of Rambaldo in La Rondine as a Young Artist at Lidal North in Oslo, Norway. His roles include Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Dandini in Isouard's Cendrillon and the summer of 2017, Marshall performed the role of Le Surintendant des plaisirs in Massenet's Cendrillon the role title of Don Giovanni at Trentino Music Festival. Other performance credits include the role of Miton in the U.S. premiere of Delibes' Le Roi L'a Dit. His scene work includes Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico), Florencia en el Amazonas (Alvaro) , Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein), Dead Man Walking (Joesph DeRocher), and Die Lustige Witwe (Danilo and Baron Zita). Marshall performed/ created the role of Gregory in a workshop of Vera by Matthew Barnson in collaboration with American Opera Project. Marshall has sung with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Alan Gilbert. He has also performed with Opera Las Vegas under the baton of Gregory Buchalter.
Last season with Vegas City Opera, Marshall performed Tom/John (The Face on the Barroom Floor), The Pirate King (Pirate of Penzance), Corporal and Sulpice (Daughter of the Regiment), Escamillo (Carmen), Marcello (La Bohéme in Concert), Gamekeeper (Cunning Little Vixen), Father (Hansel and Gretel), and Papageno (The Magic Flute).