Stephen Powell

(West Chester, Pennsylvania)

2016–17 Season: Baron Jaroslav Prus in The Makropulos Case

Baritone Stephen Powell made his San Francisco Opera debut in 2007 as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, a role he has performed with New York City Opera, San Diego Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Arizona Opera. He most recently appeared with the Company in 2009 as Giorgio Germont in La Traviata and in 2010 as De Guiche in Cyrano de Bergerac. Last season, he returned to Opera Philadelphia as Germont, Minnesota Opera as Scarpia in Tosca, and Michigan Opera Theatre in his first performances as the title role of Macbeth. He was also soloist in the world premiere of a symphony by Jonathan Leshnoff with the Kansas City Symphony. The American baritone’s other recent credits include Germont with Los Angeles Opera, Arizona Opera, and New Orleans Opera; Iago in Otello with the Minnesota Orchestra; the title role of Rigoletto with the opera companies of Baltimore, Cincinnati, the Caramoor Festival, as well as the Minnesota Orchestra; Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Hawaii Opera; Miller in Luisa Miller with the Cincinnati May Festival; the title roles of Falstaff and Sweeney Todd with Virginia Opera; Rodrigue in Don Carlos and Alphonse XI in La Favorite, both at the Caramoor Festival; and the Fauré Requiem with the Houston Symphony and Carmina Burana at Tanglewood. His roles with the Metropolitan Opera have included Ping in Turandot and Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov. Other career highlights include Jokanaan in Salome and the title role of Eugene Onegin with Cleveland Opera; Marcello in La Bohème with Lyric Opera of Chicago and in concert with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Valentin in Faust with Opera Philadelphia; Giorgio Germont with Portland Opera and New York City Opera; and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Florida Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, and at the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro. Future engagements include Germont at Seattle Opera and San Diego, Oliver Jordan in the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight at Minnesota Opera, and Carmina Burana and Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra.