Stephen Hegedus, Bass Baritone

Stephen Hegedus, Bass Baritone

Pacific Opera Victoria
Talbot in Maria Stuarda

April, 2012

Canadian bass-baritone Stephen Hegedus made his debut with Pacific Opera Victoria as Guglielmo in the April 2010 production of Mozart's Così fan tutte. He returns in 2012 for the role of Talbot in Donezetti's Maria Stuarda. A graduate of l'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal, Stephen Hegedus made his Opéra de Montréal debut as Silvano (Un ballo in maschera) and appeared with the company as Der Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte), Angelotti (Tosca), Grégorio (Roméo et Juliette), Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Il Commissario (Madama Butterfly) and Sicario (Macbeth). With l'Atelier lyrique he sang Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) and Don Inigo Gomez (L'heure espagnole).

Appearances in the 2010/2011 season included the title role in Le nozze di Figaro (Opera Hamilton), Albert in Massenet's Werther (Opéra de Montréal) and the Marquis in La traviata (Vancouver Opera). On the concert stage he performed Handel's Messiah with the Victoria Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, and the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Bach's Magnificat with l'Orchestre Métropolitain du grand Montréal and Howard Blake's The Bear with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Other operatic credits include Masetto and Leporello (Don Giovanni), Nick Shadow (The Rake's Progress), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Collatinus (The Rape of Lucretia), Colline (La Bohème), Frank (Die Fledermaus), Sir John Falstaff (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor), and Betto (Gianni Schicchi).

He has performed with Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile, Pacific Opera Victoria, Les Violons du Roy, San Antonio Symphony, Houston Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, the André-Turp Musical Society The Aldeburgh Connection, the Lamèque International Baroque Festival, La Sinfonia de Lanaudière, the Aldeburgh Festival and the International Bach Festival in Toronto. In April 2009, he made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Bach's Mass in b minor with the Oratorio Society of New York and returned in 2010 to sing Handel's Messiah.

Recently Mr. Hegedus appeared as a finalist at Placido Domingo's Operalia, The World Opera Competition, and was awarded second Prize at the 32nd annual Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition hosted by the Oratorio Society of New York. Other awards include the Janet Stubbs Fellowship and the William and Phyllis Waters Graduating Award, both from the University of Toronto. He is a grant holder of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers and of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Mr. Hegedus holds a Master of Music in Opera from the University of Toronto and has pursued further studies at the Banff Centre, the Britten-Pears Programme (Aldeburgh, England), The Canadian Vocal Arts Institute (Montreal), The International Vocal Arts Institute (Tel Aviv) and the Centre for Opera in Sulmona, Italy.

In summer 2011, Mr. Hegedus sang the role of Zuniga in Carmen for the Brott Festival under the direction of Gian Domenico Vaccari. Highlights of the 2011/12 season include Messiah with the Seattle Symphony and L'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, an appearance with the Victoria Symphony and the role of Talbot in Maria Stuarda for Pacific Opera Victoria.

Stephen Hegedus is a charming actor and, more to the point a singer of enormous promise. He has a warm voice with a distinctive vibrato that adds interesting color and truly amazing low notes.
Opera Canada, 2006

February 2012