SARASOTA - Stephanie Sundine was a world renowned Opera Singer, married to Victor DeRenzi, now Artistic Director of the Sarasota Opera, when laryngitis ended her career. Victor suggested that she become a Stage Director, and she became a master at it.
The two met when she auditioned for him in New York. He decided on the spot he was going to marry her. He gave her a role in the Opera, and two years later they were married. That was 37 years ago. He also suggested she change from a mezzo to a Dramatic Soprano, and she went on to perform all over the world to rave reviews.
The two have a daughter who lives in Sarasota and also works in Opera. And now a 21 month old Grandson. Stephanie already sees conducting talent in the infant. She is a happy woman who faced tough challenges and overcame them with grace and love and hard work.
See her work in the Sarasota Opera's production of "Die Fledermaus" that opens at the Opera house Friday night.