Hailed by the Ottawa Citizen as a singer possessing “…an instrument of rare beauty, majestic and commanding from the bottom of his range to the top…”, bass-baritone Stephen Hegedus is frequently heard with leading orchestras and opera companies in Canada and abroad.
His operatic roles include the title role of Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello (Don Giovanni), Colline (La Bohème), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Albert (Werther), Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress), Collatinus (The Rape of Lucretia), Talbot (Maria Stuarda), Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte), Masetto (Don Giovanni) and Angelotti (Tosca). He has been engaged by the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, L’Opéra de Montréal, Opera Atelier, Pacific Opera Victoria, Edmonton Opera, Opera Columbus, Opera Hamilton and Against the Grain Theatre.
A prize winner at the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition, hosted by the Oratorio Society of New York, Mr. Hegedus’ extensive concert experience includes appearances with the Vancouver and Seattle Symphonies (Mozart’s Requiem) , Winnipeg Symphony (Haydn’s Creation), the Grant Park Festival (Dvorak’s The Spectre’s Bride, Brahms’ Requiem), l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (Bernstein’s A Quiet Place), the Florida Orchestra (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9), the Aldeburgh Festival (Bach’s B-minor Mass) and l’Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal.
Stephen has performed Handel’s Messiah with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Seattle Symphony, Houston Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Naples Philharmonic and Victoria Symphony.
Recent appearances include Masetto (Don Giovanni) with Opéra de Montréal, Alidoro (La Cenerentola) with Edmonton Opera, Créon (Médée)) with Opera Atelier in Toronto and at L’Opéra Royal de Versailles. In June, he appeared with the Toronto Symphony singing the role of Mother in Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins .
This season he will sing the role of the Count (The Marriage of Figaro) and Neptune and Time (The Return of Ulysses) with Opera Atelier, Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore ) with Vancouver Opera and Colline (La Bohème) with Pacific Opera Victoria. On the concert stage he will perform Messiah with the Regina Symphony and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Chorus Niagara.
A finalist at Placido Domingo’s Operalia, Stephen made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Bach’s Mass in B-minor with the Oratorio Society of New York and later returned for Handel’s Messiah.