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 returned in 2012 for the role of Talbot in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, and in 2016 he is Theseus in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Stephen's other operatic roles include the title role of Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello (Don Giovanni), Colline (La bohème), Albert (Werther), Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress), Collatinus (The Rape of Lucretia), Der Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte), Masetto (Don Giovanni), and Angelotti (Tosca).
He has been engaged by the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Op&eacu;tera de Montréal, Opera Atelier, Pacific Opera Victoria, Edmonton Opera, Opera Hamilton and Against the Grain Theatre.
A prize winner at the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Solo Competition, hosted by the Oratorio Society of New York, Mr. Hegedus has appeared appeared with the Vancouver Symphony(Mozart's Requiem) , Winnipeg Symphony (Haydn's Creation), the Grant Park Festival(Dvořák's The Spectre's Bride), l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (Bernstein's A Quiet Place), the Victoria Symphony(Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium), I Musici de Montréal (Finzi's In terra pax), l'Orchestre symphonique de Québec (Bach's Magnificat and Bruckner's Te Deum), the Aldeburgh Festival (Bach's B-minor Mass) and l'Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal.
Stephen has performed Handel's Messiah with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Seattle Symphony, Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, the Vancouver Chamber Choir and Victoria Symphony.
His schedule in 2015-16 includes Brahms' Requiem with the Grant Park Festival, Lully's Armide(Hidraot) with Opera Atelier and Opera Columbus (Hidraot and Hate), Messiah with Minnesota Orchestra and Against the Grain Theatre, St. Matthew Passion with the Vancouver Bach Choir, and The Hungarian-Finnish connection at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto.
A finalist at Placido Domingo's Operalia, Stephen made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Bach's Mass in B-minor with the Oratorio Society of New York and later returned for Messiah.
This young singer possesses an instrument of rare beauty, majestic and commanding from the bottom of his range to the top, with infallible articulation and impeccable, organic phrasing.
Ottawa Citizen, Review of Messiah, National Arts Centre, 2014
Stephen Hegedus’s Guglielmo was vocally strong, and he made his dramatic points wittily yet without exaggeration.
Bernard Jacobson, Seen and Heard International, Review of Pacific Opera Victoria's Così fan tutte, 2010