Born in Liverpool, United Kingdom, STEPHEN RICHARDSON studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. He created roles in many contemporary works including Adès’ The Tempest (Royal Opera House); Tan Dun’s Orchestral Theatre II‚ Re‚ and Tea (Suntory Hall‚ Tokyo); Gerald Barry’s The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit‚ The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Intelligence Park; Tavener’s Eis Thanaton‚ Resurrection‚ The Apocalypse, and Fall and Resurrection (City of London Sinfonia).
Recent and future plans include Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier (Bolshoi‚ Moscow)‚ Hobson in Peter Grimes (La Scala‚ ROH‚ Opera North, and Aldeburgh Festival)‚ Sarastro in The Magic Flute‚ Daland in The Flying Dutchman, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Timur in Turandot (Northern Ireland Opera)‚ Rocco in Fidelio (Garsington Opera, Winterthur Festival, and at the Bridgewater Hall with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra)‚ Geronte di Ravoir in Manon Lescaut (Welsh National Opera and Savonlinna Festival)‚ Frank in Die Fledermaus (Korean National Opera)‚ Commandant in From The House of The Dead and The Adventures of Pinocchio (Opera North) and Ferrando in Il Trovatore (Den Jyske Opera).
Further engagements include Falstaff and Sarastro (Opera Australia); Rocco‚ ll Giullare in Francesca da Rimini and Stromminger in La Wally (Opera Holland Park); Samuel in Un ballo in maschera (Nationale Reisopera)‚ Kaspar in Der Freischütz (Opéra de Rennes); Flint in Billy Budd (Netherlands Opera); Sir Joshua Cramer in The Intelligence Park (Irish Museum of Modern Art‚ Dublin); Lady Bracknell (Los Angeles Philharmonic‚ Thomas Adès Festival)‚ Beethoven in Barry’s Schott and Sons‚ Mainz (National Chamber Choir of Ireland‚ Dublin)‚ Don Quichotte in Fénelon’s Le Chevalier Imaginaire (Ensemble Intercontemporain)‚ and X in Powder her Face (London Symphony Orchestra).
Concert repertoire includes Anubis/Death of Kong in Birtwistle’s The Second Mrs Kong (Royal Festival Hall)‚ Hansel and Gretel (BBC Concert Orchestra)‚ Messiah (Carnegie Hall)‚ Oedipus Rex (BBC Stravinsky Festival)‚ Nixon in China (London Symphony Orchestra), and Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! (Cleveland Orchestra and London Sinfonietta).