The Ukrainian-American soprano Stefania Dovhan was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. At the age of five, Dovhan began taking piano lessons, and sang in the Youth Choir at the Kyiv State Conservatory. She began her formal vocal training in the USA at the Baltimore School for the Arts with Joice Hubbard. Miss Dovhan holds degrees from the University of Maryland College Park (Martha Randall – vocal coach) and the Augsburg Academy of Music in Germany (Prof. Dr. Jan Hammar – vocal coach).
Stefania Dovhan is a recipient of numerous Performing Arts Scholarships and awards: in 2010 she became the recipient of the Richard F. Gold Career Grant; the first prize in the Emmerich Smola Competition – one of the highest prizes for young singers in Europe; the finalist of the Placido Domingo Operalia Competition in Paris (France), the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competitionin in Vienna (Austria) and the Alexander Girardi International Singing Competition in Coburg (Germany). The winner of the local and regional National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions; the Gold Medalist in the year 2000 Rosa Ponselle “Young Classical Singers” competition; third prize winner of the International Vocal Competition for Operatic Artists in Bulgaria.
During the 2004/2005 season Dovhan was a member of the International Opera Studio in Nuremberg and since 2005 she has been engaged at the Theater Hagen, Germany, where she is critically acclaimed for such roles as Violetta in “La Traviata,” Gilda in Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” Adina in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore,” Cleopatra in Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” and others.
In the Sumer of 2009 Dovhan enjoyed her very successful North American debut in the titel role of Gustav Charpentier’s “Louise” at the Spoleto Festival USA 2009.
In the Fall 2009 Stefania Dovhan made her critically acclaimed role/stage debut as Mozart’s Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni” on the stage of the New York City Opera. In the Spring 2011 Miss Dovhan returned to this company in the role of Adina in Donizetti’s “Elisir d’Amore.
Her future engagements include Musetta for the Royal Opera House in London, Marguerite for the Baltimore Lyric Opera, Violetta, Gilda and Donna Anna for the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe.
Dovhan is an avid recitalist and has given solo recitals in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Salzburg (Austria), Augsburg (Germany), and Kyiv (Ukraine).