Stephen Richardson | Bass-baritone


Stephen Richardson

This Season

Powder Her Face


British bass Stephen Richardson studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is noted for his creation of roles in many contemporary works, including Thomas Adès’s The Tempest (Royal Opera, London); Tan Dun’s Orchestral Theatre II: Re‚ and Tea (Suntory Hall‚ Tokyo); Gerald Barry’s The Triumph of Beauty and DeceitThe Importance of Being Earnest and The Intelligence Park; John Tavener’s Eis ThanatonResurrectionThe Apocalypse and Fall and Resurrection

Recent and future engagements include Baron Ochs in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (Bolshoi Opera and Opera North)‚ King of Hearts in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland (Los Angeles Philharmonic); Dansker in Britten’s Billy Budd (La Scala, Milan, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and Opera North); Dikoy in Janacek’s Katya Kabanova and Simone in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Opera North), Timur in Puccini’s Turandot (National Opera House of Portugal), Ferrando in Verdi’s Il trovatore (Den Jyske Opera, Denmark); Hotel Manager/Duke/Laundryman/Other Guest and Judge in Thomas Adès’s Powder her Face (De Vlaamse Opera), Daland in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman (NI Opera), Lady Bracknell in Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest (Wide Open Opera/NI Opera); Frank in Johann Strauss Jr’s Die Fledermaus (Korea National Opera); Rocco in Beethoven’s Fidelio (Garsington, BBC and Philharmonie de Paris) and Osmin in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Morosus in Strauss’s Die schweigsame Frau, Waldner in Strauss’s Arabella, Father Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and Bartolo in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (all Garsington). 

He makes his Irish National Opera debut as Hotel Manager/Duke/Laundryman/Other Guest and Judge in Powder Her Face.