The American tenor Steven Cole is considered one of the leading operatic character
Since his debut as Monsieur Triquet in Eugene Onegin with the Boston Symphony
under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, he has performed in eleven countries and in over 75
character roles.
Highlights of his American career have included his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as
the dancing master in Ariadne auf Naxos and performances at Chicago Lyric, San
Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Philadelphia Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Houston Grand
Opera, as well as performances with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland
Orchestra. In close association with the Aix-en-Provence Festival, he can be heard on
two of that company’s recorded productions: Die Zauberflöte and The Rake’s Progress
(both on the Erato label).
A favorite with French audiences where his French diction has been highly praised: “If
French singers pronounced like him we wouldn’t need surtitles in our theaters.” (LE
FIGARO newspaper, Paris). He has sung with every major French company including
the Paris Opera, Opera Comique, the Chatelet, Radio France, Avignon, Bordeaux,
Lyon, Marseilles, Nantes, Nancy, Nice, Strasbourg, Monte Carlo, in addition to regular
performances in Geneva and Lausanne. He can be seen as John Styx on the DVD
recording of Orphée aux Enfers (EMI) performed in Lyon and Lausanne.
Cole is featured on a recording of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (Sony), a production
performed at the Salzburg Festival, the Chatelet, and also presented at Covent Garden
under Peter Sellars’ direction.
In Italy, his celebrated Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte has
been heard in Genoa, Parma, Naples, Rome, and Treviso. An association with
Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu he has performed in Billy Budd, Die Zauberflöte,
Ariadne auf Naxos, and in his recital program: Animals – Both Big and Small, as well as
the Fool in Wozzeck (released on DVD on the ARTE HAUS label).
Mr. Cole has appeared three times on Broadway, in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, Porgy
and Bess, and Most Happy Fella. His cabaret of the American Songbook, Taking Light
Music Seriously, has been heard at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and in venues around