Steven Cole (singer)

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Steven Cole (born in Baltimore in 1949 ) is an American opera singer who specializes in tenor voices.


Steven Cole studied sociology and anthropology at Union College and singing at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University and the Royal Stockholm Academy of Music . After graduation, he continued his vocal training in England.

He made his stage debut in 1974 as Monsieur Triquet in Eugene Onegin at the Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Seiji Ozawa . In 1982 he made his first guest appearance at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence as Monostatos in the Magic Flute and was a regular guest there in the following years. Cole sang at major opera houses and major opera festivals. His debut role at the Metropolitan Opera was the dance master in Ariadne auf Naxos under James Levine .

Cole excelled especially in buffo and character roles, he sang more than seventy roles in the music spectrum between Claudio Monteverdi and Ligeti. He also appeared in operettas by Johann Strauss and Franz Lehár .

Cole sang in Alban Berg's Lulu , in 1985 in Boulevard Solitude by Hans Werner Henze at the Avignon Festival and in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah . At the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in 1992 he sang in The Rake's Progress under Kent Nagano and also Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss . In baroque music he sang with Michel Corboz in L'Orfeo , Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria and L'incoronazione di Poppea and with René Jacobs in L'Argia by Antonio Cesti and La Calisto by Francesco Cavalli .

Cole was a singer in world premieres of works by contemporary composers: 1984 in Lyon in Gavin Bryars ' Medea , 1990 in Nancy in Jean Prodromidès ' La noche triste and 1997 in György Ligeti's new version of Le Grand Macabre , directed by Peter Sellars and under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Salzburg Festival .


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