Hailed by the international press as “a singing actor of the highest caliber,” Steven Harrison continues to delight audiences around the world. Equally at home on theatrical, concert and operatic stages, Harrison created a memorable Beadle Bamford Sweeney Todd at Papermill Playhouse. The tenor also appeared as Judge Danforth The Crucible at the Kennedy Center and appeared on television’s “Law and Order” as an opera singer in the episode entitled “Dramma Giacosa”.
On the operatic stage most recently, Harrison has appeared in Germany as Enée Les Troyens, reprised his highly praised Hagenbach in the Czech Republic La Wally and appeared as Samson in Poland as a returning guest in Samson et Dalila. The tenor has been seen as Cavaradossi Tosca celebrating North Carolina Opera’s inaugural season, Werther in the Czech Republic and as Florestan Fidelio with Opera North where he made his UK debut.
Harrison sang Il Duca Rigoletto at Opera Queensland in his first appearances in Australia, and joined Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Returning to Poland following successes as Samson, he recreated the title role of Chopin in a rarely performed opera by Giacomo Orefice. Chopin was recorded on CD for commercial release and awarded album of the year in Poland.
Mr. Harrison appeared as Pinkerton Madama Butterfly with the New York City Opera, Florestan at Düsseldorf’s Oper am Rhein, travelled to South Africa for Werther at Capetown Opera, sang the title role Samson et Dalila in Poland, returned to Dusseldorf for Enée Les Troyens, and went to Vancouver Opera for Turiddu Cavalleria Rusticana.
Other roles in Steven Harrison’s extensive repertoire include the title role in Gounod’s Faust, title role Andrea Chenier, Don José Carmen, Pollione Norma, Riccardo Un Ballo in Maschera, Radames Aida, Sam Polk Susannah, Narraboth Salome, Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia, Steuermann The Flying Dutchman, Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor, Faust Boito’s Mefistofele,Canio Pagliacci, Walther/ Old Woman in Judith Weir’s The Story of Blond Eckbert, Dick Johnson La Fanciulla del West, Luigi Il Tabarro and the Italian Singer Rosenkavalier.
A truly international artist, Mr Harrison has appeared at Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Prague National Theater, Staatstheater Kassel, Oper Leipzig, Florida Grand Opera, Baltimore Opera, and at the Macerata Festival in Italy. The list of eminent conductors with whom the artist has worked includes Antonio Pappano, John Fiore, Mikhail Pletnev, Andreas Stöhr, Eugene Kohn, Sir Richard Armstrong, Alberto Veronesi, Johannes Debus and Jonathan Darlington.
A frequent guest on the concert platform, he has appeared with L’Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome, and with Moscow’s Russian National Orchestra. He sang Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria at Maggio Musicale in Florence. At Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York he was the tenor soloist in the Verdi’s Requiem, and with Eve Queler and the Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall he sang Verdi’s Ernani, and returned as Arrigo La Battaglia di Legnano.