Vocalist - Baritone, Symphony Pops

Baritone Stephen Powell brings his “rich, lyric baritone, commanding presence, and thoughtful musicianship” to a wide range of music (Wall Street Journal). He recently made a successful debut performance as the title role in Macbeth with Michigan Opera Theatre, of which Opera News wrote, “Powell’s undeniably powerful voice seethed with potential until his astonishing Act IV andante, when the gleaming beauty and sumptuous musicality of his rich baritone was finally given resplendent display." Among Mr. Powell’s engagements in the 2019-20 season are returns to Michigan Opera Theatre as the title role of Sweeney Todd, and to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for Carmina Burana.

In the 2018-19 season, Mr. Powell reprised Oliver Jordan in William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight with Wexford Festival Opera, and sang the title role of Rigoletto and the concert “One Amazing Night” with San Diego Opera; Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Britten’s War Requiem with University Musical Society (Ann Arbor); Carmina Burana with Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, and North Carolina Symphony; Bloch’s Sacred Service with Kansas City Symphony; and Christus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. In the 2017-18 season, Mr. Powell made debuts with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in Carmina Burana, and with Odyssey Opera as Bishop Pierre Cauchon in Dello Joio's The Trial at Rouen. He returned to Portland Opera to sing Rigoletto, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro with Michigan Opera Theatre, to Boston Baroque in Messiah and Carmina Burana with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and performed excerpts from Parsifal with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Recent performances include Germont in La Traviata with Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera and Opera Philadelphia; the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight and Scarpia in Tosca with Minnesota Opera; Prus in The Makropulos Case with San Francisco Opera; Amonasro in Aida with Boston Symphony Orchestra; Iago in Otello and Jochanaan in Salome with Minnesota Orchestra; Britten’s War Requiem with Kansas City Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; Carmina Burana with Philadelphia Orchestra and with Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Festival; Messiah with National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and with Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and Belshazzar’s Feast and Fauré’s Requiem with Houston Symphony.

Mr. Powell has sung Rigoletto with the Caramoor Festival and Cincinnati Opera; the title role in Simon Boccanegra with Warsaw’s Ludwig van Beethoven Association; Rodrigue in Don Carlos and Alphonse in La favorite with Caramoor Festival; Enrico in Lucia di Lammmermoor with Los Angeles Opera and Atlanta Opera; Scarpia with Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Sweeney Todd and Falstaff with Virginia Opera; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with San Francisco Opera and Los Angeles Opera; Tonio in Pagliacci with San Diego Opera; Count di Luna in Il trovatore with Cincinnati Opera; Miller in Luisa Miller at the Cincinnati May Festival; and Germont with Los Angeles Opera.

Mr. Powell’s recordings include Simon Boccanegra with Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Polskie Radio Records); Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, conducted by David Zinman (RCA), Carmina Burana with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO Records), and Bach’s Magnificat and Vivaldi’s Gloria with Boston Baroque (Telarc). He has performed with many eminent conductors, including David Robertson, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, Andrew Litton, Grant Llewellyn, Nathalie Stutzmann, David Zinman, and Michael Tilson Thomas.



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