Stephen Richardson Bass

Biography

Stephen Richardson studied at Manchester University and then at the Royal Northern College of Music.
He created roles in many major contemporary works, such as Thomas Adès’s The Tempest, Tan Dun’s Orchestral Theatre II, Re and Tea, The Handmaid’s Tale. Recently, he sang Hobson in Peter Grimes (La Scala Milan, Opera North and Aldeburgh Festival), Géronte in Manon Lescaut (Welsh National Opera and Savonlinna Festival), Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Daland in The Flying Dutchman and Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest (Northern Ireland Opera), Rocco in Fidelio (Garsington Opera and Winterthur Festival), Frank in Die Fledermaus (Korea National Opera), Micha in The Bartered Bride, Prison Governor in From the House of the Dead and The Adventures of Pinocchio (Opera North), Ferrando in It Trovatore (Den Jyske Opera). Recent and upcoming engagements include Hobson (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Father Trulove in The Rake's Progress (Glyndebourne on Tour), Dikoy (Kátia Kabanová) and Trulove (Rome Opera), the Hotel Manager and the Duke in Powder Her Face (Irish National Opera), Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier (Bolshoi, Moscow and Opera North), Dansker in Billy Budd (Rome Opera and Opera North), Géronte (Holland Park Opera), Timur in Turandot (Northern Ireland Opera), Dikoy, Simone in Gianni Schicchi, Titurel in Parsifal and the General in Silent Night (Opera North), Rocco (Garsington Opera and Bridgewater Hall). His concert repertoire includes Anubis/Death of Kong in Birtwistle’s The Second Mrs Kong, Hänsel and Gretel, Messiah, Œdipus Rex, Nixon in China and Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop!. His discography includes Where the Wild Things Are, the title-role in Goehr’s Death of Moses, Purcell’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary, Stravinsky’s The Flood, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Albert Herring.

Currently in

  • Palais Garnier
  • from 23 January to 24 February 2023
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