Stephen Variames (coach accompanist) is a freelance pianist and composer from Allen, Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Composition from Baylor University, a master’s degree in Vocal Coaching from Oklahoma City University, and an Artist Diploma in Opera Coaching from the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Former companies include Cincinnati Opera, Nashville Opera (Young Artist), Pensacola (Young Artist), Roundabout Opera for Kids in Cincinnati, Opera in the Ozarks, and Pittsburgh Festival Opera. His opera, Leaving Vaughan Behind, is the recipient of multiple grants. Other works have been premiered with Cincinnati Soundbox, The Lynx Project, and Salon 21. This season, Stephen will act as the primary coach and accompanist for the company’s touring productions of The Barber of Seville and The Pirates of Penzance. He will also work on additional repertoire throughout the season, including mainstage works of Cavalleria Rusticana, Carmen, and The Shining, and serve as featured pianist for school and community performances across Colorado.