Young American Tenor Ira Stecher is proving himself to be a versatile and capable performer on concert, opera, and musical theatre stages. Stecher is currently a Master of Music candidate at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory. Most recently, Stecher performed the title role in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with UMKC Conservatory Opera.
Mr. Stecher was recently seen onstage with UMKC Conservatory Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, and is a founding member of the Landlocked Opera Inc. company, where he played the Defendant in their inaugural production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury. Upcoming performances this spring include Monostatos in Landlocked Opera Inc.’s Die Zauberflöte and Mayor Upfold in Albert Herring at the UMKC Conservatory.
While pursuing his Master of Music, Stecher has performed major roles in every opera staged at the UMKC Conservatory. In the fall of 2018, Stecher performed the role of Don Anchise, the Podestà of Lagonero, in Mozart’s early comedy La Finta Giardiniera. Following that performance, Stecher took on the role of Gabriel von Eisenstein in a new translation of Die Fledermaus by tenor Doug Jones.
"An Almaviva (Lindoro) in the Making
Tenor Ira Stecher showed flashes of what might develop into a clean, shiny top register a la Juan Diego Flórez and a supple voice underneath that... showed great comedic instincts, especially in Act two disguised as Rosina’s music teacher."
In the summer of 2018, Stecher made his role debut as Il Conte d'Almaviva in Rossini's beloved comedy Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opera in the Ozarks. In that same season, he also performed as Dr. Blind in Strauss Jr.'s Die Fledermaus and featured in Act II of Robert Ward's The Crucible as Ezekiel Cheever.
In 2017, Stecher was featured as the swindling curmudgeon Mynheer Vanderdendur in Florida State Opera's production of Bernstein's Candide. Earlier that season, he played the 1st Armored Man in Quincy Music Theatre's production of The Magic Flute.
In the summer of 2017, Stecher made his international debut as Mr. Splinters in the European Premiere of Aaron Copland's The Tender Land at the Varna International Opera Academy in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. In Bulgaria, Mr. Stecher also served as the Tenor soloist in Mozart's Requiem.
In 2016, Stecher was Male Swing, Fyedka, and the Russian Soloist in Fiddler on the Roof at Quincy Music Theatre, the Swing in Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar also at Quincy Music Theatre, and Giuseppe Zangara in New Stage TheatreWorks' production of Sondheim's Assassins.
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