Bio: Stephen's voice is a basso cantante, suitable for a wide range of repertoire. He made his professional debut in 1992, since when he has built up an enviable reputation in opera, concert and recital work.
Stephen graduated in economics from Christ's College, Cambridge, and began his singing studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Ellis Keeler, where he was a student on the Post-Diploma Vocal Training course. While at the Guildhall he sang the role of Bartolo in the college production of The Marriage of Figaro. After graduating from the Guildhall he subsequently studied with Vera Rosza, Madge Stephens, Dennis Wickes, Angela Hickey, Neil Howlett, Marie McLaughlin and Robert Lloyd. Stephen has also participated in Masterclasses at the Britten-Pears School with John Carol Case, Sir Peter Pears, Paul Esswood, Galina Vishnevskaya, Steuart Bedford, Colin Graham and Nancy Evans, and at Brereton was a student of Horst Gunter.
Stephen has performed roles with many leading opera companies. Roles include: King Philip (Don Carlo), Hermit (Der Freischütz), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Ramphis (Aida) with Midsummer Opera; Gualtiero (Edgar) with the University of Valladolid Opera Project, Spain and New Sussex Opera; Colline (La Boheme) with I Maestri;; Bartolo (Marriage of Figaro) and Basilio (Barber of Seville) with Oyster Opera; Commendatore (Don Giovanni) with First Act Opera; Cadmus/Somnus (Semele) with Parnassus; Basilio (Barber of Seville) and Sarastro (The Magic Flute) with Opera Interludes; Fafner (Das Rheingold) with Mastersingers; Doctor Grenvil (La Traviata), Old Hebrew (Samson & Delila), Harapha (Samson) and Thantatos/The Oracle (Alceste) with Scottish Opera; Dead Master (Palestrina - Pfitzner) with the Royal Opera which he performed at The Royal Opera House, London, and The Metropolitan Opera House, New York.
Stephen Holloway’s concert engagements have included Christus in Bach’s St John Passion at the Royal Festival Hall, The Creation in Lincoln Cathedral, the Haydn Nelson Mass for Collegium Musicum, Bergen, and Verdi Requiem in Westminster Abbey, the Barbican Hall and Lichfield Cathedral, St John Passion and St Matthew Passion for Bath Bach Choir, Dvorak Requiem for Birmingham Festival Choral Society, and the Verdi Requiem for Concerts from Scratch at the Royal Albert Hall conducted by Sir David Willcocks. His recordings include The Unknown Elgar for Pearl and numerous works for Midsummer Opera.
Stephen’s recent engagements include: Wotan Die Walküre and Don Pizzaro Fidelio for Midsummer Opera, Gremin Eugene Onegin and Basilio Barber of Seville for English Touring Opera, Don Fernando Fidelio, Scarpia Tosca, and Alcindoro La Bohème for New London Opera Players, Gualtiero Edgar (Puccini) for New Sussex Opera, Elijah Mendelssohn for The Admiral Chorus, London, and King Olaf Elgar for The Blackheath Choir. He has also covering several roles in Julietta Martinu, Commendatore Don Giovanni, Creon Medea and Sarastro Magic Flute for English National Opera.