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 UK operatic engagements have included performances for Buxton Festival Opera, Chelsea Opera Group, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne On Tour, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park, the Royal Opera, London, and Welsh National Opera, in repertoire including Filippo (Beatrice di Tenda), Escamillo (Carmen), Mr Redburn (Billy Budd), Balstrode (Peter Grimes), Gellner (La Wally), Alphonse (La Favorite), De Siriex (Fedora), Father (Hänsel und Gretel), Tonio (Pagliacci), Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana), Speaker (Die Zauberflöte), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Ping (Turandot), Storch (Intermezzo), Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades), Renato (Un ballo in maschera), the title role in Macbeth, Conte di Luna (Il trovatore), Kurwenal and Melot (Tristan und Isolde) and Lysiart (Euryanthe).
He sang Mr Redburn (Billy Budd) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera at the Brooklyn Academy of Arts and Music, and his international engagements have further included Riccardo (I Puritani), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Yeletsky (The Queen of Spades) for the Angers-Nantes Opéra; Ferryman (Curlew River) for Opéra de Rouen; Balstrode (Peter Grimes) for the Opéra national de Montpellier; Valentin (Faust) for the Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg; Chief of Military Police (Cadillac) for the Opéra national de Paris; Tonio (Pagliacci) and Marcello (La bohème) for Finnish National Opera, the title role in Don Giovanni for Opéra de Metz and Opéra de Rennes; Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) for the Salzburg Festival tour to Japan; Sonora (La Fanciulla del West) for the Netherlands Opera; Paolo (Die Gezeichneten) at the Salzburg Festival; Giorgio Germont (La traviata) for Den Norske Opera; and Melot (Tristan und Isolde) at the Baden Baden Festival and for Dallas Opera.
Concert engagements have included performances with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra under conductors including Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Daniel Harding, Vladimir Jurowski, Lorin Maazel, Andris Nelsons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jan Schultsz, Walter Weller and John Wilson.
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 Time with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Gavin Carr (Nimbus), Britten’s War Requiem with the Southern Sinfonia conducted by Simon Over (Classic FM), Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel (Signum), Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Vesperae solemnes de confessore and Dioclesian with The English Concert conducted by Trevor Pinnock (DGG), Ivanhoe and 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 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). He also appeared in La traviata: Love, Death and Divas (BBC 2 TV) whilst appearances on DVD include a Cardillac (Bel Air Classiques); La Fanciulla del West (Opus Arte), Die Gezeichneten (Euro Arts) and Tristan und Isolde (Opus Arte).
Highlights of 2014 / 2015 included Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) for Buxton Festival Opera, Michele (Il tabarro) for Opera Holland Park, Giorgio Germont (La traviata) for Opera North, Verdi (Requiem) with Orchestra North East at The Sage, Gateshead, and the Southbank Sinfonia, Last Night of the Spring Proms at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and an Opera Gala with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Current engagements include Father (Hänsel und Gretel) for Opera North, Jack Rance (La Fanciulla del West) and further performances as Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) for Grange Park Opera, Scarpia (Tosca) with the Xi’an Symphony in China, Storch (Intermezzo) with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Brahms Requiem with the Manchester Camerata at the Lichfield Festival, Britten War Requiem at the Helsinki Festival and Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.