Baritone Stephen Gadd has enjoyed a hugely successful international career for over two decades with roles at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Salzburg Festival, Opéra national de Paris, Dallas Opera, Finnish National Opera and for many other prestigious companies. He was a boy chorister at Coventry Cathedral and went on to win a choral scholarship to read Engineering at St John’s College, Cambridge. After a very brief career at British Rail he studied singing with Patrick McGuigan at the Royal Northern College of Music. Recordings and broadcasts include the recently released Das Lied von der Erde (Mahler) with the Bamberger Symphoniker, Don Giovanni (title role) for pan-European Mezzo TV, Robert (Intermezzo, Strauss) with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Lysiart (Euryanthe, Weber) with the Polska Orkiestra Radiowa (nominated for a 2012 International Classical Music Award), Giorgio Germont (La Traviata, Verdi) in the historical documentary Love, Death and Divas for BBC 2 TV, and numerous appearances on Friday Night is Music Night (BBC R2). Many of Stephen's recent engagements in the UK have been for Opera Holland Park in London, where among other roles he has sung Michele (Il Tabarro, Puccini), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti), Tonio (I Pagliacci, Leoncavallo), and Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore, Verdi). Other recent and forthcoming projects include roles in two more Verdi operas: Macbeth (title role) at the Buxton Festival, and Giorgio Germont (La Traviata) for Scottish Opera, where he will also appear as The Minskman in Flight. For Opera Holland Park he will sing Giorgio Germont, and The Music Master (Ariadne auf Naxos). Stephen is also currently writing up his PhD in History at the University of Winchester, examining political and economic aspects of river transport improvement in seventeenth-century England. His paper on Elizabethan customs reform is shortly to be published in the highly-regarded Economic History Review, and he has also contributed two topographical pieces to the British Library’s web site [see https://winchester.academia.edu/StephenGadd].

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