Stephen Sulich
Conductor / Pianist
Stephen Sulich has performed as a piano soloist and in collaboration with singers and instrumentalists in concerts from coast to coast.  He has conducted opera for more than 20 companies in the United States including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and The New York City Opera.  

He boasts a broad repertoire of  over fifty operas including: Madama Butterfly, The Bartered Bride, Così fan tutte, The Merry Widow, La Cenerentola, The Rape of Lucretia, Carmen, 
Vec Makropulos and  Capriccio.

He was on the faculty of the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado for four seasons, serving as Music Director of the Children's Opera Chorus where, in 2013, he conducted a double bill of Brundibar and Der Kaiser von Atlantis; also, on the faculty of The  Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival 2008 - 2011 in Vietri sul Mare, Italy, where he conducted Suor Angelica in 2011; and also a guest  faculty member at The Eastman School of Music in 2008 and 2009, conducting performances of  The Secret Garden there in 2009; and previously at Hunter College in 2008- 2009 in New York City.  In the fall of 2012, he joined the music department faculty full-time at Concordia College (MN) in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he resides.  

Stephen was a visiting faculty member at the Eastman School of Music in September 2012 and February-March 2013.  From 2003-2007  he was Musical Director and Principal Conductor for the Pine Mountain Music Festival Young Artist’s Program in Houghton, MI.  where he returned in July 2013 as a guest artist.  In the fall of 2010,  he was guest faculty conductor at the Moores School of  Music - The University of  Houston (TX) for their production of La Vie Parisienne. 

Stephen is sought after as a vocal coach, soloist, and accompanist on concert programs and recital series across the USA.

Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN   

     April 12 & 14 2024
     Turandot - G. Puccini
     Fargo-Moorhead Opera, ND
     Stephen Sulich, Chorusmaster

     August 2023 - May 2024
     Music Faculty
     Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

"Stephen Sulich is a pianist who gave a concert at St. Paul's Chapel on Monday...  Just in case his mother is reading these pages, let's end the suspense early: This was a wonderful recital.  ...he didn't so much shape his phrases as caress them.  He adopted a ruminative approach, as if each melodic snippet was a profound thought about music.   Masterful. 

 ...Mr. Sulich has an arsenal of gestures that he uses in his music making.   Mr. Sulich employs the gesticulations of a conductor, exhorting the piano to sound more expansive, more passionate, more lyrical.   At this high level of excellence, he could create shadow animals on the wall with his fingers and it wouldn't bother me. 

  ...The finale of this lovely set was the moonlight interlude from Richard Strauss's opera "Capriccio."  
One of the glorious aspects of late Strauss orchestration is its transparency, making a piano version of this gorgeous scene quite appropriate.  Here Mr. Sulich was back in the pit, creating a rarified world of beauty lost and magically regained.  His sure sense of dynamics led to a thrilling crescendo that fulfilled the piano's ability to sound ever more emotional. 

Perhaps the baby grand was simply responding to his previous eloquent pantomime."

Fred Kirshnit
The New York Sun, November 29, 2006
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