Masterclass with Shawnette Sulker, soprano

Date and Time
Monday October 17th, 2022
Braun Music Center
541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
Campbell Recital Hall
About this event

This masterclass, presented by the Shenson Recital Series, will feature soprano Shawnette Sulker and Stanford voice students. This event is free and open to the public. 

Acclaimed for her “heart-breaking poignancy” and “beautifully tuned soprano” by the San Francisco Chronicle and for her “enchanting vocal splendor” by the Leipziger Volkszeitung, soprano Shawnette Sulker is a sought-after artist in the United States and abroad. She has sung with the San Francisco Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group, American Bach Soloists, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Opera Memphis, Opera Fairbanks, Union Avenue Opera, Opera Naples, Pacific Opera Project, Eugene Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Garden State Philharmonic, and the Natchez Opera Festival, to name a few. 

A consummate performer, her operatic roles include Floralba (Messalina by Pallavicino) with Ars Minerva, Die Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte) with Opera Modesto, and Mary Jane Bowser in an Opera San José workshop of Jake Heggie’s new opera Intelligence. Other roles in the soprano’s repertoire include Pip (Heggie’s Moby Dick); Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos); Cunegonde (Candide); The Visitor (Sankaram’s Formidable); Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto); Musetta (La Bohème); Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro); and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi). On the concert stage, Ms. Sulker has sung Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras with the Oakland Symphony, and appeared as soprano soloist for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Santa Rosa Symphony and as a solo artist for Masters of the Spiritual at Lincoln Center. Other performance credits include singing roles in the movie Jackson and the documentaries Voices of Freedom and The Hyers Sisters' Dream and Legacy. She can also be heard in the Dallas Opera and Opera Parallèle joint production of the graphic novel opera film Everest by Joby Talbot.

The Shenson Recital Series is generously funded by the Ben and A. Jess Shenson Funds at Stanford University.


  • Free admission
  • Note that Stanford University guidelines now state that masks are no longer required, but are strongly recommended. We encourage you to continue wearing masks for the comfort of our patrons, staff, and artists. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is no longer required.
Event Sponsor
Department of Music