Vocalist - Bass-Baritone
About

In a long and distinguished career, bass-baritone Stephen West has appeared with many of the finest opera companies in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Bayreuth, Salzburg and Santa Fe Festivals, Opéra National de Paris, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro Carlo Felice and Teatro Regio, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera and the San Francisco, Seattle, Washington and Dallas operas, among many others. He has performed with leading symphony orchestras such as Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston, Atlanta, and Montréal Symphony Orchestras, and the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, and the Hollywood Bowl. He has also collaborated with many world-famous conductors, including Riccardo Muti, Sir Andrew Davis, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Julius Rudel, Michael Gielen, Richard Bonynge, and the late Sir Charles Mackerras.

A true “singing actor,” Mr. West triumphs in roles such as the title role of Boito’s Mefistofele and Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust, and as the heroes of Verdi. He is an exponent of contemporary music, and excels in the repertoire of Wagner. His Seattle Opera portrayal of Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger inspired Bryan Magee of London’s Daily Telegraph to write, “He covered himself with glory. At the end the entire audience rose spontaneously in a standing ovation. I suspect it was one of those special nights of which I shall find myself saying on future occasions: ‘I was there.’”

Posted: Dec-19-2019
Latest News

Baritone Stephen West will sing the role of King Arthur in CAMELOT with the Encore Musical Theatre Company through July 2nd, 2017. The production is directed by Daniel C. Cooney, with musical direction by Tyler Driskill. 

Posted: Jun-8-2017
Latest Acclaim

“In Opera Grand Rapids’ production, Noah has the basso profundo voice of God.… Bass-baritone Stephen West, a talented actor with a voice of uncommon heft and power, portrayed the man chosen to carry out Jehovah’s awesome task.”

— Grand Rapids Press
Posted: Feb-14-2015