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Stephen Roberts (Baritone)

Born: February 8, 1949 - England

The English baritone, Stephen Pritchard Roberts, studied from 1969 to 1971 at the Royal College of Music and at the Royal School of Music in London. From 1972 to 1976 he was active as Lay Clerk in the Choir of Westminster Abbey London and then started a great concert career on international level.

Stephen Roberts sang with the major orchestras and choirs in England, in the rest of Europe, in the USA, in Canada and Israel, in Hong Kong, Singapore and in South America. Apart from a broad concert repertoire, which had its high points in vocal works from the Baroque period, he sang a number of opera roles, mostly in concertant performances of the works: the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Falke in Fledermaus, Ubalde in Armide by Gluck, Ramiro in L'Heure espagnole by Ravel, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, Don Quixote in El Retablo de Maese Pedro by Manuel de Falla and Gregor Mittenhofer in Elegy for Young Lovers by H.W. Henze. On the English television he appeared in War Requiem by Benjamin Britten, in Sieben Todsünden by Weill, in George Frideric Handelís oratorios Jephtha and Judas Makkabaeus and in Sea Drift by F. Delius. In 1989 he appeared in London as soloist in the Magnificat (BWV 243) by J.S. Bach, in 1990 in the Requiem of Gabriel Gabriel Fauré and in G.F. Handelís oratorio Israel in Egypt. In Washington he performed the bass-solo in the C minor Mass of Mozart, with the Bach Choir London he sang in the 8th Symphony of Gustav Mahler and in Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) by J.S. Bach.

Recordings: Decca (Carmina Burana by C. Orff, Mass in E major by Mozart, Patroklus in King Priam by Tippett, Lukas-Passion by K. Penderecki), Telefunken (Alexander's Feast by G.F. Handel), HMV (Sacred Music of Charpentier, Armide by Gluck), TIS (Works of Ralph Vaughan Williams), Chandos (The Apostles and Cataractus by Edward Elgar), Virgin (A Sea Symphony by R. Vaughan Williams), Koch Records (Mass and Canticum Sacrum by Igor Stravinsky).

 

Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (July 2001); Source: International Who's Who in Music & Musicians' Directory (13th Edition, 1992/93)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2001, November 2005)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

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Richard Hickox

Bass

BWV 233-236

Philip Ledger

Bass

BWV 11, BWV 34, BWV 243

David Willcocks

Bass

BWV 244

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