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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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