Heldentenor Stephen Gould continues to be one of the most sought after heroic tenors in the opera world today. Known especially for his undertaking of the works of Richard Wagner, he has sung in all the great opera houses worldwide, from Vienna, Munich, Berlin, and London, to New York’s Metropolitan opera, the New National Theater in Tokyo, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
Looking ahead, 2014 includes performances of Lohengrin and Fidelio in Hamburg, Ariadne auf Naxos and both Siegfried’s in the Ring Cycle’s at the Vienna State Opera, Tannhäuser in Dresden and Budapest, Tristan und Isolde in Berlin, and at the Royal Opera Covent Garden with the Isolde of Nina Stemme. He will also add the role of Canio in I Pagliacci in performances at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Plans in 2015 include the new production of Tristan und Isolde at the Bayreuth Festival under Christian Thielemann, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung both in Vienna and Munich, Tannhäuser in Berlin, and his house debut in Zürich as Tristan. At the New National Theater in Tokyo he will add the role of Loge in Das Rheingold to his Wagnerian repertoire.
Stephen Gould performs with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Ivor Bolton, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Jesus Lopes Cobos, Myung-Whun Chung, Gabriele Ferro, Asher Fisch, Adam Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Hartmut Haenchen, Daniel Harding, Marek Janowski, Philippe Jordan, Daniel Lipton, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Ingo Metzmacher, Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Ulf Schirmer, Peter Schneider, Jeffrey Tate, Christian Thielemann, Massimo Zanetti, and David Zinman.
A look back during the past several years have included, Gurre-lieder under Sir Simon Rattle in Berlin, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung in Amsterdam, Tristan und Isolde in Tokyo, Dresden, Berlin, and in concert under Marek Janowski with Nina Stemme. A return to the Metropolitan Opera to sing both Siegfried’s in the Lepage Ring Cycle, Tannhäuser under Franz Welser-Möst as well as both Siegfried’s under Christian Thielemann in Vienna. Debut at the world renowned Salzburg Summer Festival in Die frau ohne Schatten, Der fliegende Holländer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Lohengrin in Hamburg, Siegfried in Budapest, Parsifal in Vienna, as well as new productions of Les Troyens in Valencia, Der fliegende Holländer in Madrid, Otello in Tokyo, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung in Vienna, Tannhäuser in Paris as well as in Las Palmas, Peter Grimes in Dresden and Geneva, Die Liebe der Danae and Otello in Dresden, Fidelio in Tokyo, Der fliegende Holländer in Munich, Tannhäuser, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung at the Bayreuth Festival, Lohengrin in Trieste, Die tote Stadt in Berlin, Vienna and Covent Garden, Fidelio in Rome, Ariadne auf Naxos and Parsifal in Graz, Les Troyens, Fidelio and Otello in Florence, as well as many other appearances in Dresden, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Hamburg, Mannheim, Oslo, Barcelona and Madrid.
As a concert singer he was heard in Beethoven 9th symphony with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (also recorded by Telarc), in Berlin and Munich, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Schönbergs’ Gurre-lieder in Montreal, Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam, Helsinki, and the Lucerne Festival. Mahler's Eighth symphony at the Bergen Festival, Carnegie Hall, and in Leipzig, Paris, Vienna and Budapest, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde in Berlin, Graz as well as in Tel Aviv, Paris, Prague, and at the Lucerne Festival, and Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex in London.
Born in the United States of America, he trained at the New England Conservatory of Music and apprenticed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago Center for American Artists. Stephen spent the first decade of his career in the United States, performing in concert, opera, and especially, touring in musical theater. During this period, he continued his studies with former Metropolitan Opera baritone John Fiorito, making the vocal transition to heldentenor.
Critical praise greeted his European debut as Florestan in Fidelio with the Linzer Landestheater. Continued success followed with Britten's Peter Grimes, Saint-Saens' Samson et Dalila, Weber’s Der Freischütz, and the first of many performances of the title role in Wagner's Tannhäuser. Opern Welt magazine proclaimed Stephen as "a Tannhäuser of international stature." With this foundation laid, Stephen received offers to sing at the prestigious Maggio Musicale in Florence under maestro Zubin Mehta. An important milestone in his career came with his debut as Tannhäuser under maestro Christian Thielemann at the 2004 Bayreuth Festival.