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William Stevens

Voice Type:

Bass

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, German

Opera

Don Magnifico
La Cenerentola (Rossini)
RWCMD
2018
Falstaff
At the Boar’s Head (Holst)
Simply Opera
2017
Nick Shadow
The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky)
Bristol Opera
2015
Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Simply Opera
2015
The Hanged Man
Arcana: Part II (Various)
Little Room Productions
2015
The Guest
Beauty and the Beast (Selwyn)
Bristol Opera
2014
The Emperor
Arcana: Part I (Various)
Little Room Productions
2014
Count Almaviva
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Opera Presto
2014
The Priest
The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček)
Bristol Opera
2013
Papageno
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Tessitoura
2011

Operetta/G&S

The Pirate King
The Pirates of Penzance (Sullivan)
Simply Opera
2015
Pooh-Bah
The Mikado (Sullivan)
Simply Opera
2015
Archibald Grosvenor
Patience (Sullivan)
Bath Gilbert and Sullivan Society
2014
Robin Oakapple
Ruddigore (Sullivan)
Bath Gilbert and Sullivan Society
2013
The Usher
Trial by Jury (Sullivan)
Bath Gilbert and Sullivan Society
2012

Musical Theatre

Sweeny Todd
Sweeney Todd (Sondheim)
Merriman Theatre Group
2014
Reverend Shaw More
Footloose (Snow)
Keynsham Youth Theatre
2012
Tony
West Side Story (Bernstein)
Keynsham Youth Theatre
2011
Aldolpho
The Drowsy Chaperone (Lambert and Morrison)
Keynsham Youth Theatre
2010

Chorus

Chorus
Der fliegende Holländer (Wagner)
Bristol Opera
2014
Chorus
The Sorcerer (Sullivan)
Bath Gilbert and Sullivan Society
2013
Chorus
Les contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach)
Bristol Opera
2013
Chorus
HMS Pinafore (Sullivan)
Bath Gilbert and Sullivan Society
2012
Chorus
Les Pêcheurs de perles (Bizet)
Bristol Opera
2010

Oratorio/Concerts

Bass soloist
Messiah (Handel)
St. John the Baptist Church Choir
2015
Bass soloist
The Crucifixion (Stainer)
The Joint Benefice Choir of Publow and Pensford
2014
Bass soloist
Requiem (Fauré)
St. John the Baptist Church Choir
2014
Bass soloist
Missa in angustiis (Haydn)
St. John the Baptist Church Choir
2013
Bass soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
St. Mary Redcliffe School Choir
2013

Other

Bass soloist
Songs of Travel (Vaughan Williams)
n/a
2015
Bass soloist
Drei Gedichte von Michelangelo (Wolf)
n/a
2014
Bass soloist
Vier Ernste Gesaenge (Brahms)
n/a
2014

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Sweeney Todd '14 (2)

Sweeney Todd '14 (9)

The Parson

The largely youthful cast was headed by William Stevens who gave a truly spine-tingling performance in the title role. Blessed with a wonderfully rich singing voice, his interpretation of the role was as good as I have seen anywhere. (2014)

William Stevens as Sweeney was very good, with a fine voice which certainly did justice to the score. Being able to rely on the magnificence of his vocal quality, William was able to simplify his acting presentation so that the audience could easily follow the development of his story. His brooding nature pervaded the whole production and seemed perfectly reasonable under the circumstances. (2014)

William Stevens is a 22-year-old bass-baritone based in and around the Bath/Bristol area. On more than one occasion William has had the priviledge of receiving private coaching from his hero, the bass Sir John Tomlinson and has received coaching from a number of other distinguished teachers including Allen St. John, Ian Yemm and Angela Hickey.

William is a regular performer on stage and has taken part in productions with a wide range of societies in a varied spectrum of styles. Recent highlights include Nick Shadow [The Rake's Progress] with Bristol Opera, The Pirate King [The Pirates of Penzance] with Simply Opera, the title role in Sweeney Todd with Merriman Theatre Group, Il Conte Almaviva[Le nozze di Figaro] with Opera Presto and Archibald Grosvenor [Patience] with Bath Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

William is an active concert singer, regularly giving solo recitals. His recital repertoire covers lieder by Schubert, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler and Wagner; English song by Vaughan Williams, Sullivan, Butterworth and Britten and a wide array of operatic arias.

In recent years, William has been increasingly busy as a conductor and artistic director. In March 2011 he founded The Cantabile Consort, an amateur chamber choir based in Keynsham. With them he has gone on to conduct works as diverse as Byrd's complete Mass for Four Voices and Fauré's Requiem, specialising more recently in Renaissance polyphony. In 2014 William founded Simply Opera, a chamber opera company based in the South West. Their inaugural production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance was performed with great success in March 2015. In April 2014, he was appointed Musical Director of The Choir at Bath University Choral and Orchestral Society for the 2014-15 academic year. In September, he will begin his studies at Cardiff University where he will hold the David Lloyd Vocal Scholarship and conduct the University Operatic Society.

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