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Stephen Swanson (Baritone)

Born: USA

The American baritone, Stephen Swanson, earned degrees from North Park College and Northwestern University and served a two-year AGMA apprenticeship with the Wolf Trap Company.

Stephen Swanson is a concert and opera singer, a teacher of singing, and opera stage director. After an internship at the International Opera Studio of the Zürich Opera, he sang in opera houses in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands, amassing a repertoire of 91 roles in operas, operettas, and musicals. He has toured extensively in North America and Europe, singing the title role in Victor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis. This historical reconstruction of the original orchestration and vocal score was documented on a compact disc recording produced by Studio Matouš and ARBOS, Company for Music and Theater (Austria). He is currently touring with composer/pianist David Gompper presenting their recital "Was my brother in the battle? Songs of War", which is available on compact disc from Albany Records. This program of songs about war grew out of the frustration with the coverage of Operation Iraqi Freedom and with his son's decision to enlist. (Photo courtesy of The University of Iowa School of Music).

An extremely versatile performer, Stephen Swanson sings works from the Baroque to the avant-garde as well as standard baritone repertoire, such as Johannes BrahmsEin deutsches Requiem, Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and his signature piece, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Since 1994, Stephen Swanson is professor of voice at the University of Iowa, School of Music.

Source: Stephen Swanson Website (November 2008); University of Iowa School of Music Website (August 2009)
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Aryeh Oron (May 2010)

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Stephen Swanson, Baritone (Official Website)

Stephen Swanson (Unbiversity of Iowa School of Music)

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