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 almost 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.

This past summer (2013) he was at the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado, for his second year there, serving as Music Director of the Children's Opera Chorus and conducting a double bill of Brundibar and Der Kaiser von Atlantis.   He has been 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) and will once again be a visiting faculty member at the Eastman School of Music in September 2012 and February-March 2013.  From 2003-2007 Stephen was Musical Director and Principal Conductor for the Pine Mountain Music Festival Young Artist’s Program in Houghton, MI.,  where he returns 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.  In April  of 2011 he was once again guest conductor for the Manhattan Camerata in their concert at Vanderbilt Hall in New York City.

Stephen is also sought after as a vocal coach, soloist, and accompanist on concert programs and recital series in New York City, where he resides.

New York City/Moorhead, MN    (347) 525-7059
Calendar

     July 2014
     Crested Butte Music Festival Opera, CO
     Music Faculty

     August 2014 - May 2015
     Faculty, Concordia College
     Moorhead, MN

     November 1 & 2, 2014  Fargo-Moorhead Opera, ND
     Nicolai: The Merry Wives of Windsor
     Stephen Sulich, Conductor

"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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Stephen is back in New York City through August 15