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Born Berkshire, 18 September 1964.

English bass-baritone.

Stephen Gadd was a boy chorister at Coventry Cathedral and a choral scholar at St John's College, Cambridge. He then studied singing in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music, won the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship and was a finalist in the inaugural Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition.

He has worked with most of the British opera companies, including the Royal Opera, ENO, Glyndebourne Festival (Macbeth, Mr Redburn Billy Budd, Peter Hansel and Gretel), Welsh National, Opera Holland Park (Gellner La Wally, Sharpless, Alfio, Tonio, Michele Il tabarro), Buxton Festival (Storch Intermezzo, Enrico Ashton, Macbeth) and Grange Park (Kurwenal, Balstrode, Yeletsky, Jack Rance). Roles with Opera North include Shchelkalov Boris Godunov, Germont La traviata and Peter.

Work with Scottish Opera includes Count Almaviva, Poacher The Cunning Little Vixen, Yeletsky The Queen of Spades, Germont  and David L'amico Fritz, in addition to several Puccini parts - Colline, Ping and Guglielmo Le villi.

His appearances in France are quite extensive - the Paris Opéra and companies at Metz, Montpellier, Nantes, Strasbourg (Op Nat du Rhin) and Rouen. He has also sung with the Finnish National Opera (Marcello, Tonio), Norwegian and Netherlands Operas. In Singapore he sang Tonio and with the Xi'an Symphony Scarpia. Engagements in the USA include Dallas Opera and Brooklyn Academy of Music and Drama (Mr Redburn). Other Festivals at which he has worked, in addition to Glyndebourne and Buxton,  include Salzburg, Baden-Baden and Lucerne. He also appears regularly in orchestral concerts.

His recordings include Weber (Lysiart Euryanthe) and Mahler (Symphony no8, Das Lied von der Erde).

(Last update Oct 2017)

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