Stefan Szkafarowsky Biography


Stefan Szkafarowsky

Bass Stefan Szkafarowsky has been praised for the beautiful quality of his bass voice as well as for his impeccable technique. Here in the 2017 -2018 season Stefan will make his debut with the Virginia Opera Company singing the role of The Old Hebrew in their production of Samson and Delilah. Stefan returns to the Metropolitan Opera to sing the role of The Bonze in Madame Butterfly. Stefan will debut at the Lviv Philharmonic Concert Hall in Lviv Ukraine in a solo recital.

During the 2016/2017 season Stefan performed the title role of Aleko with New York City Opera in their production of the opera Aleko. He returned to the Metropolitan Opera to take part in La Boheme and Nabucco. He debuted with the Seattle Opera Company in the role of Dikoi in Katya Kabanova.

In 2015/2016 Stefan performed at the Metropolitan Opera as Monterone in Rigoletto and the Bonze in Madama Butterfly. He performed the role of the High Priest in Nabucco, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

In 2014/2015, Stefan returned to the Metropolitan Opera to take part in their productions of Aida and The Rake’s Progress. Stefan sang with the Dallas Opera in La Boheme performing the roles of  Benoit/Alcidoro.

In 2013/2014, Stefan returned to the Metropolitan Opera to take part in their productions of The Nose and Rigoletto. December 2013, Stefan, made his debut, with the Lviv Opera House, in Ukraine performing the role of Zaccaria, in Nabucco. At the Metropolitan Opera he sang, the Bonze, in Madama Butterfly and Monterone/Sparafucile, in Rigoletto with Opera Colorado.

In 2012 /2013, included a return to the Metropolitan Opera, to perform the Bonze, in Madama Butterfly .Sang a concert of St. Nicholas Mass, at Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center). He then performed Il Commendatore, in Don Giovanni and Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin for Des Moines Metro Opera. Engagements also included Uberto in La Serva Padrona at the Macau International Music Festival in China, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly for Los Angeles Opera and Sacristan in Tosca for Pensacola Opera. Stefan took part at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland as the Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila.

In 2010/2011, Mr. Szkafarowsky returned to cover Mitiukh in Boris Godunov at the Metropolitan Opera. He made his debut as Vodnik in Rusalka with Opera Colorado; and returned to Dallas Opera as Mitiukh and Lavitsky in Boris Godunov.  He returned to Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland as the Sacristan in Tosca.

In 2009/2010, Mr. Szkafarowsky made his debut with the Nashville Opera performing both Sacristan and Sciarrone in their production of Tosca, followed by his debut in the Macau International Music Festival as Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro. He returned to the Metropolitan Opera to take part in their new production of The Nose as well as Boris Godunov; he made his debut at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland as the Sacristan in Tosca.

In the 2008-2009,  he returned to the Metropolitan Opera for their productions of La Gioconda and Eugene Onegin. He performed at the West Palm Beach Opera Company in La Bohème, where he portrayed both Benoit and Alcindoro. He also made his debut with Dayton Opera as Timur in Turandot, and he performed the roles, of  Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Kuno in Der Freischütz at Des Moines Metro Opera.

In 2007-2008, Stefan performed the role, of Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte for Indianapolis Opera; the King in Aida with Nevada Opera; the lackey Havrilo in War and Peace at the Metropolitan Opera; and at Florida Grand Opera he sang the Sacristan in Tosca, and Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohème.

In 2006-2007 Stefan sang the role of Il Commendatore with Opera Pacific in Don Giovanni, followed by his debut with the Florida Grand Opera in Samson et Dalila as the Old Hebrew. He made his debut with the Lake George Opera in their rendition of La Bohème singing the roles of Benoit/Alcindoro, and sang Friar Lawrence in Roméo et Juliette at Toledo Opera.

In 2005-2006, Stefan sang the role of Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin with Tulsa Opera; Banquo in Macbeth with Florentine Opera; The King in Aida with Opera Pacific; Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohème with  Fort Worth Opera; Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with the San Antonio Opera; Bonze in Madama Butterfly at Opéra de Québec; Il Commendatore, in Don Giovanni with Opera Pacific; and Benoit/Alcindoro in La Bohème and Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Metro Lyric Opera under the baton of Maestro Coppola.

The 2003-2004 seasons had Mr. Szkafarowsky returning to the Metropolitan Opera in La Rossignol, Werther, and Salome. In the fall of 2004, Stefan made his Atlanta Opera debut in the role of the Il Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

His Italian debut in Tchaikovsky’s Oprichnik at the Cagliari Opera House was a highlight of Mr. Szkafarowsky’s 2002-2003 seasons. In addition, he debuted with Minnesota Opera as the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo. Other performances include Ferrando in Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Crespel in The Tales of Hoffman with Washington Opera; Zaccaria in Nabucco with Florentine Opera and Santiago, Chile; and Ramfis in Aida with New Jersey Opera. He has also performed with many other renowned opera companies such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Grand Rapids Opera, New Orleans Opera, Arizona Opera, San Diego Opera, Dallas Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Hamilton, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Winnipeg, and Vancouver in such roles as Ramfis, Banquo, Sparafucile, Wurm, Prince Gremin, and Daland in The Flying Dutchman.

As a concert artist, Stefan has been a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, National Symphony in Washington D.C., Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and the Vancouver and Montreal Symphonies. He has worked under the batons of Maestro James Levine, Plácido Domingo, Michael Lankaster, Mstislav Rostrapovich, Leonard Slatkin and Michael Tilson Thomas.

A native of New York, Mr. Szkafarowsky attended the American Opera Center at Julliard, and the Westchester Conservatory of Music. He is a recipient of grants from the Sullivan Foundation and the Tito Gobbi Award from the Rosa Ponselle Foundation. He is also a regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.