Ich habe genug:schlummert ein
Within this frail crucible of light
Steven Curtis Griffin is a Canadian baritone from the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Memorial University of Newfoundland where he studied with Dr. Caroline Schiller and his Masters in Vocal Solo Performance and Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutorship of Quentin Hayes.
While at Memorial, performances ranged from Opera Chorus in the MUN Opera & Chamber Orchestra production of Die Zauberflöte and bass soloist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra in Haydn’s Seven Last Words to principal roles including La Fauteuil and L’Arbre in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, David in Barber’s A Hand of Bridge and Cameriere in Ward’s Roman Fever. In spring of 2013 he was a principal cast member of Memorial University’s Opera RoadShow, in which he performed the role of Don Giovanni in John Davies’ Three Little Pigs (set to the music of Mozart).
Steven has participated in a number of young artists programs including Opera NUOVA, where he sang the role Melisso in Handel’s Alcina; Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, where he performed the role of Starveling in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and the Center for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI), where he was a chorus member in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore and performed a number of partial roles including Nardo in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and Guglielmo from Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Steven returned to COSI in the summer of 2013 to perform the role of Publio in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito under the direction of Timothy Nelson and conductor Jonathan Berman.
During his time at the Royal Northern College of Music Steven was involved in the Opera North Mentorship Scheme which gives students the chance to learn from the professional choristers of Opera North. In autumn 2013 Steven was invited to join Bergen’s Edvard Grieg Kor in their performance of Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude and Mozart’s Requiem, under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki. That December Steven was invited back to Bergen as the bass soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, performed with members of the Bergen Philharmonic and the Collegium Musicum choir and conducted by Nicholas Kraemer. Steven returned to Bergen in December of 2015 to join a mass chorus for Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra’s performances of Schönber’s Gurrelieder, conducted by Sir Edward Gardner, as part of the orchestra’s 250th anniversary.
Steven’s operatic, musical theatre, and oratorio successes while at the Royal Northern College of Music include bass soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G; bass soloist in Handel’s Israel in Egypt; bass soloist in Hayden’s Theresiennemesse; baritone soloist in a concert version of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, performed with the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra and Choral Society and conducted by Robert Guy; the role of Father Adolf in Kevin Malone’s opera Mysterious 44, performed with the Manchester Opera Project; Tarquinius from Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Rodolfo from Leoncavallo’s La bohème, and Count von Eberbach from Lortzing’s Der Wildschütz in the RNCM’s Opera Scenes performances; David in Sondheim’s Company, directed by Garth Bardsley and conducted by Julian Kelly; Cascada in Lehár’s The Merry Widow, directed by Stefan Janski and conducted by Wyn Davies; Starveling in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Garth Bardsley and conducted by Andrew Greenwood; and chorus for the Buxton Festival’s production of Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco.
In spring of 2016 Steven was a member of the chorus for Opera North’s production of Mark Simpson’s Pleasure. He later joined the Opera North Chorus for their performances of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung.
In June of 2016 Steven joined the Buxton Festival Chorus in their production of Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, directed by Harry Fehr and conducted by Justin Doyle and Beethoven’s Leonore, directed by Stephen Medcalf and conducted by Stephen Barlow in which he also had the joy of performing the part of Prisoner 2 in Lenore and covering the role of Pizarro. Steven also performed with the Wexford Festival where he sang in the chorus of Félicien David’s Herculanum, directed by Stephen Medcalf and conducted by Jean-Luc Tingaud, Barber’s Vanessa, directed by Rodula Gaitanou and conducted by Timothy Myers, and Donizetti’s Maria de Rudenz, directed by Fabio Ceresa and conducted by Andrew Greenwood.
Most recently Steven returned to the Buxton Festival Chorus for their production of Verdi’s MacBeth, direct by Elijah Moshinsky and conducted by Stephen Barlow and Mozart’s Lucio Silla, directed by Harry Silverstein and conducted by Laurence Cummings. Steven also covered the role of Mr. Gedge, the Vicar, in the festival’s production of Albert Herring. Steven is returning to this year’s Wexford Festival in September where he’ll be singing in the chorus of Cherubini’s Medea, directed by Fiona Shaw and conducted by Stephen Barlow and Foroni’s Margherita, directed by Michael Sturm and conducted by Timothy Myers. Steven will also be performing the role of Marullo in the festival’s short-work adaptation of Verdi’s Rigoletto, directed by Roberto Recchia and conducted by Giorgio D’alonzo.
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