Pamela Helen Stephen

Biography

Pamela Helen Stephen is a mezzo-soprano who by 2000 had established a national career in opera houses of her native Britain.

She attended college at Aberdeen, Scotland, and then earned her bachelor's degree in musical performance in 1986 from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She pursued post-graduate studies, obtaining certificates in opera and in the field of Lieder and oratorio singing.

At the Royal Scottish
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She has sung leading parts at opera workshop festivals: Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten at the Aspen Opera Theatre Center and the title role of Bizet's Carmen at Clonter Farm.

Her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden was as Mrs. Bubble in Vaughan Williams' The Pilgrim's Progress. There she has also sung the parts of Moppett and the Goose in Britten's Paul Bunyan. At the Barbican Centre in London she sang in Cavalleria Rusticana, Fatima in Oberon, and Mrs. Jenks in Copland's The Tender Land. She has appeared in the BBC Proms Concerts as Tessa in The Gondoliers, and as a Squire and a Flower Maiden in Wagner's Parsifal.

Overseas, Stephen appeared at the Los Angeles Opera as Herodias' Page in Strauss' Salome (1998), returning as Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto (2000). She has appeared in the Spoleto Festival as the Male Fox in Janácek's Cunning Little Vixen (1998), in Rossini's Stabat Matter and as Sonya in Prokofiev's War and Peace (1999), and in her own solo recital (2000). She has recorded the part of Sonya in Chandos Records' recording of the Prokofiev opera. Read less
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    Szymanowski: Stabat Mater / Crowe, Gardner
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5123 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Lucy Crowe,  Robert Murray,  Gábor Bretz
    Conductor:  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus
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    Mozart: Operas / John Eliot Gardiner [18-CD Set]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 4779595 Release Date: 07/19/2011   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Jonathan Peter Kenny,  Sylvia McNair  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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    The Grainger Edition [19-CD Set]
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10638 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Penelope Thwaites,  Stephen Varcoe,  Mark Padmore,  Andrew Watkinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Timothy Reynish,  Clark Rundell,  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of London Sinfonia,  Joyful Company of Singers  ... 
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  • 4.
    Within A Dream - A Celebration Of The Artistry Of Richard Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10568 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frank Bridge,  Benjamin Britten,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Roderick Williams,  Bruce Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  City of London Sinfonia,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Andre Previn - A Celebration
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4778114 Release Date: 04/07/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  André Previn,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  André Previn,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Kyung-Wha Chung  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Britten: Owen Wingrave / Hickox, Coleman-wright, Gilchrist, Watson
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10473 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Janice Watson,  Peter Coleman-Wright,  Nicolas Ward,  Pamela Helen Stephen  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tiffin School Boys Chorus,  City of London Sinfonia
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    Schubert: Mass In E Flat / Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 750 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Matthew Rose,  Susan Gritton,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Mark Padmore  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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    Haydn: The Complete Mass Edition / Hickox, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 734 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Janice Watson,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Susan Gritton,  Stephen Varcoe  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90,  Collegium Musicum 90 Choir
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    Hummel: Mass In D Minor, Etc / Hickox, Gritton, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 724 Release Date: 11/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Nepomuk Hummel
    Performer:  Mark Padmore,  Rachel Nicholls,  Stephen Varcoe,  Susan Gritton  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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    Beethoven: Mass In C Major / Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 703 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Stephen Varcoe,  Rebecca Evans,  Mark Padmore
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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    Vaughan Williams: The Poisoned Kiss / Hickox, Bbc National
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5020 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Roderick Williams,  John Graham-Hall,  Mark Richardson  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  Adrian Partington Singers
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    Vaughan Williams: The Poisoned Kiss / Hickox, Bbc National
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10120 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Emer McGilloway,  John Graham-Hall,  Mark Richardson  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  Adrian Partington Singers
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    Fauré: Requiem, Etc / Tortelier, Plazas, Stephen, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5019 Release Date: 11/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Libby Crabtree,  James Rutherford,  Timothy Robinson,  Pamela Helen Stephen  ... 
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Choir,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Fauré: Requiem, Etc / Tortelier, Plazas, Stephen, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10113 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  James Rutherford,  Libby Crabtree,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Timothy Robinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Choir
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    Britten: Albert Herring / Hickox, Gilchrist, Stephen, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10036 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Gregory Monk,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  James Gilchrist,  Susan Bullock  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
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    Menotti: The Saint Of Bleecker Street / Hickox, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9971 Release Date: 04/23/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gian Carlo Menotti
    Performer:  Timothy Richards,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  John Marcus Bindel,  Sandra Zelter  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spoleto Festival Orchestra,  Spoleto Festival Chorus
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    Mozart: Le Nozze De Figaro / Gardiner, Terfel, Gilfry, Hagley
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 073018 Release Date: 11/20/2001  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Bryn Terfel,  Francis Egerton,  Rodney Gilfry  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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    Haydn: Missa Cellensis, Missa Sunt Bona Mixta Malis / Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 667 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Mark Padmore,  Susan Gritton,  Stephen Varcoe
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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    Orr: Italian Overture, From The Book Of Sparrow, Etc
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7196 Release Date: 09/19/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robin Orr
    Performer:  Pamela Helen Stephen
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
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    Prokofiev: War & Peace / Hickox, Williams, Ognev, Spoleto Festival Orchestra
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9855 Release Date: 08/22/2000   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Stephen Dupont,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Justin Lavender,  Elena Ionova  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spoleto Festival Orchestra,  Russian State Symphony Cappella
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    Britten: Paul Bunyan / Hickox, Cranham, Gritton, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9781 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Graeme Broadbent,  Francis Egerton,  Jeremy White,  Roderick Earle  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Haydn: Heiligmesse, Etc / Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 645 Release Date: 11/30/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Lorna Anderson,  Mark Padmore,  Stephen Varcoe,  Pamela Helen Stephen
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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    Gilbert & Sullivan / Mackerras, Welsh National Opera, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80500 Release Date: 07/27/1999   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
    Performer:  Richard Suart,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Alwyn Mellor,  Neill Archer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Welsh National Opera Chorus
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    Ravel: L'enfant Et Les Sortileges / Previn, London So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457589 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Pamela Helen Stephen,  David Wilson-Johnson,  Mark Tucker,  Juanita Lascarro  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  New London Children's Choir
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    Haydn: Nelson Mass, Etc / Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 640 Release Date: 06/22/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Mark Padmore,  Susan Gritton,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Stephen Varcoe
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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