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Stephen Mills

Tenor Stephen Mills is in demand throughout the classical repertoire and is sought after for both Oratorio and Opera, as well as on the concert platform. He is currently undertaking a Masters in Performance at the RCM as a TSH Prince Donatus and Princess Heidi Von Hohenzollern Scholar supported by The Royal College of Music and studies under the tutelage of Tim Evans-Jones and continued guidance of Paul Bambrough. He has also been generously supported by Dmitri Hvorostovsky, The Gibbs Trust, The Kathleen Trust, The Clemence Charitable Settlement, The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, The Tom Cocklin Trust and the Josephine Baker Trust. In 2014, Stephen received a First Class Honours degree from the Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied with Julian Pike and Paul Bambrough, having received a scholarship from the EMI Music Sound Foundation.

His operatic experience includes Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, the Jester in Sayat Nova, Bardolfo in Falstaff, Le Fils in Les mamelles de Tirésias, Ormindo in Cavalli’s Ormindo, Vašek in The Bartered Bride, both Snout and Laisander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tenor Soloist in Terteryan’s The Ring of Fire, Sam Kaplan in Street Scene, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Bastien in Bastien und Bastienne, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Richard Dauntless in Ruddigore, Hugh in Hugh the Drover, Mr Erlanson in A Little Night Music, Gomatz in Zaide and Le Chevalier in Dialogues des Carmélites. Stephen has been a member of the Grange Park Opera Chorus in both 2015 and 2016 in their productions of La Boheme, Samson et Dalila, La Fanciulla del West and Don Carlo. He also sang in the Chorus at Lyon Opera House in the world première of Benjamin, derniere nuit as part of the ‘Festival pour l’humanité’ in January 2016. Stephen performed the part of Heddle Nash in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music at Buckingham Palace in February 2017, conducted by John Wilson, and also performed Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge at Leith Hill Place, Surrey in May 2017 with Dr. Natasha Loges and the Bach Quartet. Stephen will be joining the chorus of Glyndebourne Opera for the 2018 Summer season in their productions of Madame Butterfly, Der Rosenkavalier and Saul.

Stephen received second place in both the Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize in 2013 and the Birmingham Conservatoire Singing prize in 2014 and reached the finals of the Les Azuriales Opera Competition in 2017, the RCM Lieder Prize in 2016, the Kathleen Ferrier Youth Competition in 2011, the Reginald Vincent Lieder Prize in 2012 and the Edward Brookes Lieder Prize in 2014.

In March 2018, he made his Wigmore Hall debut singing the roles of Mordecai and First Israelite in Handel's Esther as part of the London Handel Festival and also sang the tenor solo in Berlioz' Requiem at Birmingham Symphony Hall with the Birmingham Philharmonic in February. His solo oratorio experience includes Berlioz' Requiem, Schütz' St. Matthew Passion, Bach’s Magnificat, B Minor Mass, St. John Passion, Cantata No.21 and Christmas Oratorio, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Stainer’s Crucifixion, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Litaniae Lauretanae and Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Esther, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Missa Sancti Nicolai and Creation, Orff's Carmina Burana, Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Ste. Cécile, Beethoven's Mass in C and Britten’s Saint Nicolas Mass.

He has worked with conductors including Michael Rosewell, Gianluca Marciano, Stephen Barlow, John Wilson, Bernhard Kontarsky, Bryan Evans and Peter Robinson as well as directors such as John Copley, Liam Steele, Elaine Kidd, Stephen Medcalf, Jo Davies, Michael Barry, Patrick Mason, Nina Brazier, Alessandro Talevi and Rodula Gaitanou.


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