KS Stephen Gould continues to be one of the most sought after heroic tenors in the opera world today, especially known for his undertaking of the works of Richard Wagner. He has sung in most of the great opera houses worldwide, from Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Paris, Rome and London, to New York’s Metropolitan opera, the New National Theater in Tokyo, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. He has also sung at the prestigious Salzburg Summer Festival, the Spring Festival Tokyo Opera Nomori, as well as a long and ongoing collaboration with the annual Bayreuth Festival. In May of 2015 at the Wiener Staatsoper, Stephen received the honor and title of Österreichischer Kammersänger. He makes his home in Vienna, Austria.
Near future performances include Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung with New National Theater Tokyo, Siegfried in Dresden under Christian Thielemann, Tannhäuser at Deutsche Oper Berlin under Donald Runnicles, and Tristan und Isolde in Wien, München, and the 2017 Bayreuth Festival. Other performances with the Wiener Staatsoper include Peter Grimes and Ariadne auf Naxos. Also ahead are concert performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. Further off is a new production of Tristan und Isolde in Amsterdam as well as Parsifal in Baden-Baden.
Stephen Gould performs with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Ivor Bolton, Pierre Boulez, 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, Antonio Pappano, Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Ulf Schirmer, Peter Schneider, Jeffrey Tate, Christian Thielemann, Massimo Zanetti, and David Zinman.
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. Continued success followed with Britten's Peter Grimes, Saint-Saens' Samson et Dalila, Weber’s Der Freischütz, and the first of many performances to come 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. He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2011, also under maestro Thielemann.