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Performer: Stephen Gadd

Biography

English baritone Stephen Gadd was a finalist in the inaugural Plàcido Domingo Operalia Competition, and among other numerous awards he won the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship. He has since performed many times at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and other leading European opera houses, on BBC Radio and with major orchestras in concerts throughout Europe and the Orient. His early musical training was as a boy chorister at Coventry Cathedral. He then studied Engineering while a choral scholar at St. John's College, Cambridge, before studying singing with Patrick McGuigan in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Stephen's opera performances have included the title role in Verdi's Macbeth for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Glyndebourne on Tour, Conte Almaviva for the Salzburg Festspiele in Le Nozze di Figaro in Japan, Melot in Tristan und Isolde for Glyndebourne and the Baden Baden Festival, Paolo in Schreker's Die Gezeichneten for the Salzburg Festival. He has also performed the title role in Don Giovanni (broadcast across Europe from Opéra de Rennes), der Führer der Prévôté in Cardillac for Opéra de Paris, Germont Père in La Traviata for Den Norske Opera, Oslo, Ping (Turandot) for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Balstrode (Peter Grimes) for Opéra de Montpellier, Valentin (Faust) for L'Opéra National du Rhin, Renato (Un Ballo in Maschera) for English National Opera, Escamillo (Carmen) for Welsh National Opera, and for Opéra de Nantes Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Riccardo (I Puritani) and Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades).

His concert repertoire is equally diverse, including Britten’s War Requiem, Vaughan Williams's Sea Symphony, Elgar's The Apostles, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Brahms's Requiem, Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Tippett's A Child of Our Time, Handel's Messiah, and Orff's Carmina Burana.

Stephen's recordings for Deutsche Grammophon include Mozart’s Krönungsmesse and Vesperae Solenne Confessore and Purcell’s Dioclesian, and for Naxos he has recorded Vaughan Williams’s Hodie and Fantasia on Christmas Carols. With his wife, soprano Claire Rutter, he has composed and orchestrated songs for "Rutter & Gadd: Family Album", which they recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Stephen's concert performances last season included Mendelssohn Elijah (Frühbeck de Burgos / Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra), Kurwenal & Melot in Wagner Tristan und Isolde (Jurowski / LPO), Haydn Nelson Mass (Weller /RSNO), and Haydn Creation (Schultsz / Ulster Orchestra). His forthcoming opera work includes a CD recording of Weber's Euryanthe, Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) for Grange Park Opera, and a reprise of Macbeth for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

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