Stephen Richardson studied at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music. He has created roles in many important contemporary works including Thomas Adès’ The Tempest (Royal Opera House); Tan Dun’s Orchestral Theatre II‚ Re‚ and Tea (Suntory Hall‚ Tokyo); Barry’s The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit‚ The Importance of Being Earnest and The Intelligence Park; Tavener’s Eis Thanaton‚ Resurrection‚ The Apocalypse and Fall and Resurrection (City of London Sinfonia‚ St Paul’s Cathedral); and the British premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale (English National Opera).
Engagements postponed or cancelled due to Covid include Geronte Manon Lescaut (The Grange Festival) and Father Trulove The Rake's Progress (Opera di Roma), but he did sing the role of Rocco in Garsington Opera's performances of Fidelio.
Most recent and upcoming engagements include Dikoj Kát’a Kabanová and Father Trulove The Rake’s Progress (Opera di Roma); Hotel Manager and Duke Powder Her Face Irish National Opera‚ Powder Her Face (Nevill Holt Opera)‚ King of Hearts in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland (Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Barbican)‚ Baron Ochs Der Rosankavalier (Bolshoi‚ Moscow and Opera North)‚ Dansker Billy Budd (Rome Opera and Opera North)‚ Geronte Manon Lescaut (Opera Holland Park)‚ Timur Turandot and Powder Her Face (Northern Ireland Opera)‚ Dikoy Katya Kabanova‚ Simone Gianni Schicchi and The General Silent Night (Opera North)‚ Bartolo and Rocco Fidelio (Garsington Opera)‚ Rocco (Bridgewater Hall with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra) and Messiah with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble.
Recent engagements include Hobson Peter Grimes (La Scala‚ Royal Opera House‚ Opera North and Aldeburgh Festival)‚ Geronte di Ravoir Manon Lescaut (Welsh National Opera and Savonlinna Festival)‚ Sarastro The Magic Flute‚ Daland The Flying Dutchman and Lady Bracknell The Importance of Being Earnest (Northern Ireland Opera)‚ Rocco (Garsington and Winterthur Festival)‚ Frank Die Fledermaus (Korean National Opera)‚ Micha The Bartered Bride‚ Commandant From The House of The Dead and The Adventures of Pinocchio (Opera North)‚ Ferrando Il Trovatore (Den Jyske Opera).
Further engagements include Falstaff and Sarastro (Opera Australia); Rocco‚ ll Giullare Francesco da Rimini and Stromminger La Wally (Opera Holland Park); Samuel Un ballo in maschera (Nationale Reisopera)‚ Kaspar Der Freischütz (Opéra de Rennes); Flint Billy Budd (Netherlands Opera)‚ Sir Joshua Cramer The Intelligence Park (Irish Museum of Modern Art‚ Dublin)‚ Lady Bracknell (Los Angeles Philharmonic‚ Thomas Adès Festival)‚ Beethoven in Barry’s Schott and Sons‚ Mainz (National Chamber Choir of Ireland‚ Dublin)‚ Don Quichotte in Fénelon’s Le Chevalier Imaginaire (Ensemble Intercontemporain)‚ and X Powder her Face (London Symphony Orchestra).
Concert repertoire includes Anubis/Death of Kong in Birtwistle’s The Second Mrs Kong (Royal Festival Hall/ Martyn Brabbins)‚ Hansel and Gretel (BBC Concert Orchestra)‚ Messiah (Carnegie Hall/ Trevor Pinnock)‚ Oedipus Rex (BBC Stravinsky Festival/ Sir Andrew Davis)‚ Nixon in China (London Symphony Orchestra) and Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! (Cleveland Orchestra and London Sinfonietta/ Knussen).
Recordings include Where the Wild Things Are‚ title role in Goehr’s Death of Moses (Unicorn Kanchana)‚ Purcell’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary (DG Archiv)‚ Stravinsky’s The Flood and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Colin Davis‚ Philips) and Albert Herring (Chandos).