She studied in the voice program at Chapman University (1991-1995) in Orange, California, then Manhattan School of Music (1995-1997), and Juilliard (1997-1999) in New York City. Tappan continued her professional training in the Young Artist Program at Santa Fe Opera (1997), the University of Miami in Salzburg program (1998), the Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (1999), Wolf Trap Opera Company (2000), and the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists (2001-2003) in Chicago.
She has sung as a soloist with the Chicago Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Bangkok Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Wolf Trap Opera Company, Glimmerglass Opera, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, and many regional opera houses. She notably portrayed the role of Beth in the Houston Grand Opera's production of Mark Adamo's Little Women which was broadcast on PBS's Great Performances in 2001.
- Little Women: An Opera in Two Acts Ondine 2001
- Stacey Tappan's website
- Lyric Opera Center for American Artists
- St. Louis Opera Theater
- Glimmerglass Opera
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