"...charming actor and more to the point a singer of enormous promise"
Stephen is an alumnus of St. Michael's Choir School in Toronto, Canada. He holds a Master of Music in Opera from the University of Toronto and has also pursued further studies at the Banff Centre, the Britten-Pears Programme in Aldeburgh, England, and at the Centre for Opera in Sulmona, Italy. His concert and oratorio work include appearances with Les Violons du Roy, The Aldeburgh Connection, the Metropolitan United Church Choir and Orchestra (Toronto), and the MacMillan Singers. He appeared at the International Bach Festival in Toronto in 2005 and 2006 under the baton of Helmuth Rilling.
In April 2008, Stephen was announced as the recipient of the Herbert Cohen award for second place at the 32nd annual Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition hosted by the Oratorio Society of New York.
As a first-year member of Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal in the 2007/2008 season, he appeared in Opéra de Montréal productions as Silvano (Un ballo in Maschera), Grégorio (Roméo et Juliette), Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Don Inigo Gomez (L'Heure Espagnole).
Future appearances in 2008 include Il Commissario (Madama Butterfly) with Opéra de Montréal; Colline (La bohème) at the Centre for Opera in Sulmona, Italy; guest artist with the Lamèque International Baroque Festival in New Brunswick.
In September 2008, Stephen has been invited as one of forty singers to compete in Plácido Domingo's Operalia, The World Opera Contest. The week-long competition will take place in Québec City in conjunction with the city's 400th anniversary celebrations.
In April 2009, Stephen will make his Carnegie Hall debut singing Bach's Mass in B-minor with the Oratorio Society of New York.
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