Stephen Chaundy

Stephen Chaundy

Biographie / biography

Born in London, Stephen first pursued a Master’s Degree in Italian at Edinburgh University before turning to singing at the Royal Northern College of Music (Peter Moores Foundation Scholar), Welsh College of Music & Drama (Sir Geraint Evans Scholarship) as well at the Accademia Chigiana, Siena with Carlo Bergonzi. His teachers have included Antonio Carangelo, Umberto Grilli, John Mitchinson, Nicholas Powell, and Wicus Slabbert.

In 1997 he joined the Tiroler Landestheater, Innsbruck as principal tenor moving in 1999 to the Volksoper, Vienna remaining there until 2006. His extensive Operatic repertoire ranges from Mozart; Ferrando “Cosi Fan Tutte”, Tamino “Die Zauberflöte” Belmonte “Die Entführung aus dem Serail”, Rossini; Il Conte Almaviva “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, Il Conte Belfiore “Il Viaggio a Reims”, Donizetti; Ernesto “Don Pasquale”, Verdi; Fenton “Falstaff” through to contemporary opera; Peter Smith “Thomas Chatterton” (Austrian Premiere), Lord Geoffrey “The Picture of Dorian Gray” (World Premiere) Flaut “Ein Sommernachtstraum” Britten, as well as Operetta & Musical including Camille Rosillon “Die Lustige Witwe”, Tassilo “Gräfin Mariza” Frederic “Die Piraten von Penzance” and Tony “West Side Story”. Highlights in recent seasons included Gerald “Lakmé” with the Chelsea Opera Group and Malcolm “Macbeth” (Bloch) for Klangbogen in the Theater an der Wien and Chateauneuf du Pap “Zar und Zimmerman”, Alfred “Die Fledermaus” at the Volksoper, Don Ottavio “Don Giovanni” with The Norwegian Opera, Oslo and Elgar’s “The Dream of Gerontius” with the English String Orchestra as part of the Malvern Elgar Festival. 2004/05 saw his Volksoper debut as Don Ottavio and Edwin in “Die Csardasfürstin”. In the summer of 2006 he was critically acclaimed for his portrayal role of the Madwoman in Britten’s “Curlew River” for the Festival Retz. Directors with whom he has collaborated include John Cox, Kurt Huemer, Markus Imhoof, Tilman Knabe, Wolfgang Kolneder, Stephen Langridge, Dr. Jonathan Miller, Vernon Mound, Dominique Mentha, Mathias Schönfeldt, Alexander Schulin, Monika Steiner, Keith Warner and Franz Winter.

Additional operatic appearances as a guest artist include L’Opera de Monte Carlo, Vest Norges Oper Bergen, Landestheater Linz, Festspiele Klosterneuburg, Schlossfestspiele Langenlois as well as concert appearances at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, London and working with orchestras such as St. John Smiths Square, Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Bremen, Niederösterreichisches Tonkünstler Orchester, the Philharmonia, the Hallé Orchestra and conductors including Howard Arman, Rudolph Bibl, William Boughton, Betrand de Billy, Rani Calderon, Francesco Corti, Edo de Waart, Alfred Eschwé, Claus Peter Flor, Mark Foster, Asher Fisch, Leopold Hager, Alexander Joel, Julia Jones, Karen Kamensek, John Lubbock, Manfred Mayerhofer, Niels Muus, David Parry, Pietro Rizzo, Howard Williams and Alberto Zedda. IN 2006 he made his debut at the Wiener Konzerthaus appearing with the Wiener Kammer Orchestra and Radovan Vlatkovic in Britten’s “Serenade for tenor, horn & Strings”.

Since leaving Vienna he created the role of John Triptolemus in Orlando Gough's Opera "The Finnish Prisoner" for the the Paddock, Lewes and 2008 saw his debut with Scottish Opera as Actor in Lee Blakeley's critically acclaimed production of Juidth Weir's “ A Night at the Chinese Opera” and his return as Edwin "Die Csardasfürstin" to the Festspiele Langenlois. This season sees him return to the Volksoper appearing with Ferruccio Furlanetto as Emile and Marjana Lipovsek as Bloody Mary in Roger & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" singing Joseph Cable.

He returns to the Volksoper next season as Rene "Graf Von Luxemburg" and as Syphax in "Der König Kandaules"

Recordings include Normanno “Lucia of Lammermoor” for Chandos and Puccini’s “Messa di Gloria” with the Orchestra & Choir of Augustine Kirche, Wien.


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