English baritone Stephen Gadd won the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship, and was a finalist in the inaugural Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition. A boy chorister at Coventry Cathedral, he was a choral scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, and studied singing at the Royal Northern College of Music.
His operatic engagements have included Filippo Beatrice di Tenda and Alphonse La Favorite for Chelsea Opera Group;Riccardo I Puritani, Enrico Lucia di Lammermoor and YeletskyThe Queen of Spades for the Opéra de Nantes; EscamilloCarmen for Welsh National Opera; Ferryman Curlew River for Opéra de Rouen; Balstrode Peter Grimes for the Opéras de Montpellier; GellnerLa Wally, De SiriexFedora and Conte di LunaIl trovatore for Opera Holland Park; Valentin Faust for the Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg; Chief of Military PoliceCardillac for the Opéra de Paris (a performance available on Bel Air Classiques DVD); the title role in Don Giovanni for Opéra de Metz and Opéra de Rennes; Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figarofor the Salzburg Festival tour to Japan; Sonora La Fanciulla del West (a performance available on Opus Arte Blu Ray / DVD) for the Netherlands Opera; Ping Turandot for the Royal Opera, London; Paolo Die Gezeichneten at the Salzburg Festival (a performance now available on Euro Arts DVD); Renato Un ballo in maschera for English National Opera; the title role in Macbeth for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Glyndebourne On Tour;Giorgio Germont La traviata for Den Norske Opera; KurwenalTristan und Isoldefor Grange Park Opera; Melot Tristan und Isoldeat the Baden Baden Festival and for Glyndebourne Festival Opera (a performance available on Opus Arte Blu Ray / DVD) and the Royal Opera, London; and Lysiart Euryanthe for Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Concert highlights have included the première of Richard Blackford’s Not In Our Time with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The Creation with the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Jan Schultsz, the Nelson Mass with the Royal Scottish National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Walter Weller, MahlerSymphony No. 8 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons,Elijah with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,Speaker Die Zauberflöte with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding at the Lucerne Festival and Tristan und Isolde with both the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski and the Philharmonia under Esa-Pekka Salonen.
His recordings and broadcasts include Beethoven’s Der glorreiche Augenblick with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton (Naxos), Richard Blackford’s Not In Our Timewith the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Gavin Carr (Naxos), Britten’s War Requiem with the Southern Sinfonia conducted by Simon Over (Classic fM), Mozart Coronation Massand Vesperae solemnes de confessore andDioclesian with The English Concert conducted by Trevor Pinnock (DGG), Prince John Ivanhoe and Simon Limal The Beauty Stone with BBC NOW conducted by David Lloyd-Jones and Rory Macdonald respectively (Chandos), Vaughan Williams Hodie and Fantasia on Christmas Carols with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton (Naxos) and Lysiart Euryanthe from the Beethoven Easter Festival, Warsaw, with the Orchestra of Polish Radio conducted by Łukasz Borowicz, which was nominated for a 2012 International Classical Music Award in the Opera Category (PRCD).
Recent highlights have included Tonio Pagliacci for Finnish National Opera, Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana and Tonio Pagliacci for Opera Holland Park, Sharpless Madama Butterfly for Grange Park Opera,Storch Intermezzo for Buxton Festival Opera,Clistene L’Olimpiade with La Serenissima and Melot Tristan und Isolde for Dallas Opera, Beethoven Choral Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, MahlerSymphony No. 8 with Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel, Mozart’s Litany with the Academy of Ancient Music in Gdansk, an Opera Gala at the 2013 Buxton Festival and A Summer Lunchtime Concert with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by John Wilson.
Current engagements include Mr Redburn Billy Budd for Glyndebourne Festival Opera (also at the Brooklyn Academy of Music),Balstrode Peter Grimes and Yeletsky The Queen of Spades for Grange Park Opera, Father Hänsel und Gretel for Glyndebourne On Tour, Marcello La bohème for the Finnish National Opera, Giorgio Germont La traviata for Opera North,Lysiart Euryanthe for Chelsea Opera Group, a further performance of Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and an Opera Galawith the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.