Arts Publicist & Founder
Beth Stewart is respected by colleagues and clients for her creativity, curiosity, and candor. Beth’s breadth of experience in the arts industry – as publicist, producer, and performer – has fostered a deep empathy for those working onstage and behind the scenes, and fueled her drive to inspire those around her.
These values have shaped the mission of Verismo Communications: to be a classical music PR firm that prizes authenticity over plasticity, creates space and opportunity in clients’ lives, and operates with unswerving integrity. Verismo specializes in helping artists and arts organizations identify their distinctive brand voices, and works to infuse that genuine thread throughout each client’s presence, on- and off-line.
With Verismo, she has propelled clients to glossy magazine covers, features in top international print publications, and successful appearances on national radio and TV networks. She has played an integral role in major promotional and award campaigns, cultivating rising artists and keeping the spotlight on established talents, with clients such as mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, soprano Brenda Rae, and conductors Eun Sun Kim and Lidiya Yankovskaya.
Her clients have won many of classical music’s most prestigious prizes, earning recognition from the Solti Foundation U.S., Richard Tucker Music Foundation, Metropolitan Opera, International Opera Awards, Juno Awards, Latin Grammy Awards, and BBC Music Magazine Awards; and have been featured in Opera News, The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Opera, Billboard, and Gramophone, among many global and regional outlets.
Beth’s multi-pronged education – a BA from Johns Hopkins University in Latin American Studies; BM, MM, and GPD degrees from Peabody Conservatory in Voice Performance; and marketing and global business studies via the Eller MBA Programs at the University of Arizona – prepared her to thrive while juggling the demands of multiple constituents.
In increasing demand as a speaker, Beth has shared her vision for the industry in recent sessions at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Carnegie Mellon University, Bard College, National Association of Teachers of Singing Fall Workshop, and Opera America Conference 2019. Upcoming engagements include the University of Michigan’s Arts Leadership Forum, Dallas Opera Hart Institute for Women Conductors, Opera America Marketing & PR Forum, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Women in Classical Music Symposium.
Beth lives in New York City with her partner Louis and their three mischievous cats who – he assures her – will one day be best friends.