The American baritone, Steven Combs, is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota. He has won the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, a Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation study grant, a Sullivan Award, and is a Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Winner. In spring 2008 (?) he was selected in Vocal Arts Society auditions.
Steven Combs made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1991 under the baton of James Levine in the world premiere of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles, which was televised on PBS. He appeared with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in the title role of Colin Graham’s first staging of Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd in 1993, and as Demetrius in B. Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He was soloist in Camille Saint-Saëns's Oratorio de Noël and Felix Mendelssohn’s Von Himmel Hoch with Cathedral Choral Society, and featured in the world premiere of Donald McCullough’s highly acclaimed Holocaust Cantata and subsequent recording. He has sung other principal roles with the Metropolitan Opera, The Minnesota Opera, and the Boston Lyric Opera.
Steven Combs works in chamber music, oratorio and opera, and he is an established singer of both early and contemporary concert music. In Washington, DC he is a frequent soloist with many arts organizations Steven has appeared with many musical organizations including the National Cathedral Choral Society, the Washington Bach Consort, the Washington Chorus, the National Philharmonic, Choral Arts Society and the Master Chorale of Washington. Among the many places he has performed are Lincoln Center, Washington National Cathedral, the National Gallery of Art and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has made solo appearances in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Mystical Songs with the Master Chorale Chamber Singers, in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 at the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore, and with Washington Bach Consort.