One of the most sought-after Duo acts in Florida and beyond, soprano Alicia Branch and baritone William Stafford also know as Stella Voce have established themselves as performers whose repertoire spans the full spectrum of music including opera, sacred music, musical theatre, and swing/standards. Hailing from Florida and Ohio, respectively, Ms. Branch and Mr. Stafford have recently launched their 3rd consecutive season of Opera Brooks, a hugely successful series at two south Florida restaurants featuring the very best of Opera, Broadway, and popular song. Also, the busy duo will be performing 2012-2013 with the Delray Beach Chorale and the Delray Beach Playhouse Musical Memories Series as well as show dates with the Willow Theatre in Delray Beach, Sunset Arias at Tween Waters on Captiva Island, Key Biscayne, Masquerade Ball on Marathon Key and performing there self produced Patriotic Show November 11, 2012 and Valentines Show February 10, 2013 in Delray Beach, Florida.
This traveling pair will also be seen in New England, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado and Warsaw, Poland Summer 2013!
Florida native soprano Alicia Branch emerged on the musical scene after winning 1st Prize at the Kiwanis Club Junior Vocal Competition at the age of 13. Alicia spent her school years at the prestigious Alexander J. Dreyfoos School Of The Arts and then Shorter College in Rome, GA majoring in vocal performance. While there Alicia studied with the Soprano Phoeby Palmeroy. During her educational years, she participated in The Art Singers Advent Sing in Vienna, Austria, and the International Choral Singers Concert in Verona, Italy. Ms. Branch has been heard in the role of Mabel in the comic operetta "The Pirates of Penzance", The Mother in "Amahl and The Night Visitors", and The Mother in the rock opera "Tommy". Oratorio credits include being the Soprano Soloist in "Handel's Messiah" and the Mezzo Soloist in the "Durufle Requiem". She also received award at the NSAL Voice Competition held at Lynn University in 2008. Alicia has performed at such venues as The Palm Beach Main Public Library, Mar-a-lago, The Norton Art Gallery, The Everglades Club, The Breakers Palm Beach, The Doral, and The Villagio on Miami Beach. Other upcoming engagements include singing at the Royal Palm Beach Veterans Park Amphitheatre for a Veteran's Day Vigil Ceremony honoring our troops.
William Stafford has performed leading operatic roles with such prestigious companies as The Palm Beach Opera, The Gold Coast Opera, The Greater Miami Opera, The Young Patronesses Of The Opera, and The South Florida Opera Company. He has also sung the major bass/baritone oratorio solos with The Columbus Symphony, The Virginia Symphony, Virginia Pro Musica, The Delray Beach Chorale, The Bel Canto Singers, The Greater Palm Beach Symphony, The Port St. Lucie Chorale and Orchestra. Additionally, he has performed the standard Broadway and swing classics with The Serenade in Blue Big Band, The Michael Rose Orchestra, The Coral Springs Pops, The Hallandale Beach Pops, The Sunshine Pops, and The John Branzer Big Band. William began his vocal training with Dr. Macon Delavan at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has since studied with baritone Frederick Burchinal of The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, William McGraw of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and locally with maestro Thomas Cavendish of The Gold Coast Opera in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Children's Birthday Parties
Sweet 16 Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
Big Band Singer
One Man Band
Top 40 Singer
World Music Singer
$475 - $4700
William R. Stafford
Sarah Brightman, Sandi Patty, Cecilia Bartol, Kathleen Battle,
Picnic in Miami, FL on 08/31/2012
We could not be more appreciative of Alicia's talent and patience! Her beautiful voice was so moving and it will forever be crystallized in my memory of one of the most special moments of our life- the moment we became engaged. On an extremely hot and humid summer day, Alicia remained so professional as she awaited our arrival in the heat, where she would sing a selection that brought me to tears.
Alicia sang wonderfully and met all of my expectations. She chose 3 selections about love and her choices were very moving--both the rendition and the lyrics. She accommodated my special requests and I am very grateful for her contributions."
- Jason T.
Funeral in Fort Lauderdale, FL on 04/23/2012
"Alicia entered fully into the mood of the moment and contributed to the sense of peace and assurance, thus reducing the sadness of the funeral service. She rendered the solos we selected with such feeling and professionalism that all were moved. We got only positive comments from all those who attended the funeral.
Alicia is a real joy! We were very pleased to have had her participating in the Thanksgiving Service for the life of our beloved Aunt."
- Ruby C.
Holiday Party in West Palm Beach, FL on 12/13/2011
"Loved,Loved, Loved this duo! Alicia and her partner were fantastic! They crsitened our new theater so beautifully and we look forward to many future performances from Alicia, soloist or duet."
- Leenie H.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Boynton Beach, FL on 09/24/2011
"We had 48 hours to find an opera singer for my father's 85th birthday. Alicia responded right away and was a total pleasure. She was professional, accomodating, and thoughtful about the event. My parents invited several of their friends who are opera "buffs". They were all moved and thrilled by Alicia's performance. They simply loved her and all plan to see her in other venues. Her performance was the perfect gift! I highly recomend her. She is a gem!"
- Jodie S.
Resort Event in Captiva, FL on 12/10/2010
"Excellent performer, have already asked her to return for a future event.
- Jeff S.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Palm Beach Gardens, FL on 02/24/2007
"Alicia is a wonderful young lady and excellent performer. She spent quite a bit of time in advance of her performance to pick selections in line with our requests. She has a beautiful voice and we were quite moved by her opera selections."
In addition to Palm Beach Gardens, Alicia Branch of Stella Voce will also travel to North Palm Beach, Lake Park, Riviers Beach, West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Tequesta, Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Hobe Sound, Greeacres City, Loxahatchee, Lantana, Boynton Beach, Stuart, Port Salerno, Palm City, Delray Beach, Jensen Beach, Boca Raton, Indiantown, Canal Point, Bryant, Port Saint Lucie, Port Pierce, Pahokee, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, Belle Glade, Parkland
and many other locations in and around the Palm Beach Gardens area.
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