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BIOGRAPHY

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I am a young British baritone, originally from Gloucestershire and now based in London. My professional engagements range from full-scale operas to intimate recitals and my repertoire includes music both very new and very old, as well as some things in between, which suits my eclectic musical tastes.

I have appeared as a soloist in concerts and operas in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, China, the US, Canada and the UK. Some exciting upcoming projects over the next months include Marcello in La Bohème (Aylesbury Opera), covering Don Giovanni (Hurn Court Opera), Novice's Friend in Billy Budd (New Palace Opera) and a concert of American music with Ronald Corp and Highgate Music Society. I am an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and will return to the Aldeburgh Festival this summer to join Gweneth Ann Rand and Simon Lepper in a recital of French song.

Some of my recent engagements include Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Stroud Choral Society), Derrick in Planquette’s Rip van Winkle (Gothic Opera), Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem (Dean Close Choral Society) and a series of recitals in the Aldeburgh Festival 2023. In 2022, I created the role of Kerel in a new opera by Daniel Linton-France in Schönbrunner Schloßtheater with the Beethoven Philharmonie. I was a semi-finalist in the Wigmore Hall/Bollinger International Song Competition 2022.

I have studied at King’s College, Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music, London and the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. Over the years, I have appeared in masterclasses with Sir Thomas Allen, Anne le Bozec, Michael Chance, Dame Sarah Connolly, Lucy Crowe, Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake, Julia Faulkner, Hartmut Höll, Audrey Hyland, Dame Ann Murray, Sir Antonio Pappano, Maciej Pikulski, Gweneth Ann Rand, Roger Vignoles and Roderick Williams. I have been taught by Nuccia Focile, Joy Mammen, Florian Boesch, Sebastian Vittucci, Jonathan Papp and Joseph Middleton, and currently continue my studies with Sophie Grimmer.

For more details and for a complete repertoire list, please get in touch here.

©2024 Stephen Whitford
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