Voice Adjudicator 2019
Charles Robert Stephens, Baritone
Charles Robert Stephens has enjoyed a career spanning a wide variety of roles and styles in opera and concert music. His performances have shown “a committed characterization and a voice of considerable beauty.” (Opera News, 1995) At the New York City Opera, he was hailed by the New York Times as a “baritone of smooth distinction.” He has sung at Carnegie Hall on numerous occasions in a variety of roles with Opera Orchestra of New York, the Oratorio Society of New York, the Masterworks Chorus, and Musica Sacra.
Mr. Stephens has sung as guest soloist with ensembles including Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Ascension Music, L’Opera Français de New York, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, the New York Collegium, the American Classical Orchestra, and many others. He has sung with Seattle Symphony, Tacoma Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Tacoma Opera, Spokane Opera, Portland Chamber Orchestra and many other orchestras and opera companies in the Pacific Northwest. He was with Seattle Opera in 2010 in the premiere of "Amelia" by Daron Hagan.
Recent collaborations with early music expert Stephen Stubbs with Pacific Musicworks as part of the Seattle Handel Festival, Portland Baroque and the Boston Early Music Festival. A long association with Gary Thor Wedow has recently led to performances with the Seattle Symphony.
He has sung Rigoletto at Taipei’s National Theater, in Santo Domingo, in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Mexico City. Concert tours have taken him to France, Russia, and Canada.
In the United States Mr. Stephens has sung leading roles with the Minnesota Opera, Palm Beach Opera, New Jersey State Opera, Hawaii Opera, Arizona Opera, Birmingham Opera, Mobile Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Buffalo Opera, Boston Bel Canto, Tampa Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, and Connecticut Opera.
Mr. Stephens took part in many premieres at Lincoln Center and in other venues. For two seasons he was a guest artist as part of “Regina Resnik Presents”, broadcast on CUNY Television. He has been soloist with such ensembles as the Maryland Handel Festival, the Hartford Symphony, Colorado Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Helena Symphony, Walla Walla Symphony, the Princeton Symphony and the Symphony Orchestras of Montevideo, Uruguay and Mexico.
Mr. Stephens is the recipient of a Sullivan Grant and was a finalist in both the Washington International Competition and the Zachary Society Auditions. He is a Liederkranz Competition winner and received his training at the University of Connecticut, Boston University, the Goldovsky Opera Institute, and the Santa Fe Opera.