Stephen Roberts

Biography

Born: 1950; Denbigh, North Wales  
A serious artist with an attractive bass-baritone instrument, Stephen Roberts has succeeded on the opera stage as well as the concert platform. His ability to master the music of many styles and many periods enabled him to attract the attention of several prominent conductors whose interest helped foster his career. In addition to an active performing schedule, he has made a considerable number of recordings.

During the years 1969 to
Read more 1971, Roberts studied on scholarship with Gerald English and Redvers Llewelyn at London's Royal College of Music. While a student, he won the Agnes Nichols Trophy, as well as a Boise Foundation grant. In 1973, he was awarded second place in the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Competition.

He began his professional career as a Lay Clerk at Westminster Abbey in London, holding that position from 1972 to 1976. Thereafter, he moved on to accept other engagements, soon becoming a frequent guest in choral and orchestral concerts. His activities took him to many parts of Europe, America, Israel, South America, and the Far East. After specializing in music of the Baroque period, Roberts began to explore other parts of baritone repertory. Eventually, his opera repertory came to include such diverse roles as Falke in Die Fledermaus, Ramiro in Ravel's L'heure espagnole, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Aeneas in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Ubalde in Gluck's Armide, and the self-absorbed Mittenhofer in Henze's Elegy for Young Lovers. As a corollary, his concert work expanded to embrace televised performances in such works Britten's War Requiem, Delius' Sea Drift, Kurt Weill's Sieben Todsünden, and Handel's oratorios Judas Maccabaeus and Jephtha.

A tour of Italy and America with the London Bach Society afforded Roberts additional recognition while, in England, he became a popular artist at Proms concerts. His recording activities began early. Among his many important recordings are: Penderecki's Lukas-Passion; two Elgar oratorios, The Apostles and Caractucus; Fauré's Requiem, Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony; Handel's Alexander's Feast; Orff's Carmina Burana; Stravinsky's Canticum Sacrum and Mass; Gluck's Armide; Mozart's Mass in E major, and a collection of works by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Read less
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    Mozart: Coronation Mass, Vesperae solennes de confessore, etc / Marriner, et al
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4701662 Release Date: 08/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Philip Langridge,  Felicity Palmer,  Margaret Cable,  Stephen Roberts  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Wren Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 2, Etc / Norrington
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467047 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Diana Montague,  Lisa Milne,  Rosa Mannion  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Bach - Musica Sacra: The 4 Missa Breves, Etc
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466754 Release Date: 06/01/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Helen Watts,  Werner Krenn,  Tom Krause,  Elly Ameling  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Richard Hickox Singers,  Richard Hickox Orchestra
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    J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach: Magnificats; Scarlatti: Cecilia Mass / Ledger, Guest
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458370 Release Date: 09/07/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Stephen Roberts,  Robert Tear,  Helen Watts  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger,  George Guest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cambridge St John's College Choir  ... 
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