At the tender age of five, the latent musicality of soprano Stefanie Kopinits was discovered while singing in a children’s choir in Vienna, the city of music. Formal training commenced at age 15 in both the Vienna Conservatory of Music and then at the School of Music and Performing Arts. Her teachers include prominent names from the Viennese music scene: Margarita Heppe, Gerda Scheyrer, Konstantin Zaharia, Sena Jurinac and most recently, Renate Holm.
Upon completion of her music education, Ms. Kopinits resigned from her prestigious job at the Viennese Bank Institute and embarked upon what was to be an impressive singing career beginning at the State Theatre of Oldenburg in northern Germany. In her debut season, she sang five leading lyric roles, including Marie in “The Bartered Bride” and Antonia in “The Tales of Hoffmann”. She continued to expand her repertoire, from Mozart to Puccini, from Verdi to Wagner, and enjoyed much success in the demanding genre of Operetta, (something one could say, the Viennese soprano was practically pre-destined to sing). Her interpretation of Rosalinde in “Die Fledermaus” thoroughly pleased even the legendary Marcel Prawy.
The young singer also shone in the arena of competitions, singing as a finalist and awarded “Best Austrian Singer” at the International Belvedere vocal competition, as well as awarded “Most Promising Talent” at the “Opera en Bel Canto” in Gent, Belgium for her rendition of Mimi.
No stranger to the concert stage, Ms. Kopinits has sung throughout Europe, as well as in the U.S (New York, Washington D.C.), Cairo, Egypt and China. If you are a fan of cruises, you just might encounter the art and Viennese charm of this singer on the high seas, where she is a frequent and sought-after featured solo artist.
Recently, she has begun to teach—a whole new generation of young singers are benefiting from her wide-range of knowledge of vocal technique and interpretation.