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Stephen Roberts
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Stephen Roberts


Stephen Roberts is one of Britainís foremost concert and oratorio performers with an outstanding repertory including all the major sacred baritone roles by J S Bach, Mozart, Handel, Elgar and Britten, as well as the choral symphonies of Mahler and Beethoven. He is a champion of the English choral tradition and has collaborated in particular with Sir David Willcocks and Richard Hickox in performances of the works of Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Britten, and for many years sang Bachís St Matthew Passion each Easter with the Bach Choir.

In addition, Stephen Roberts has a large discography to his credit, including works like Carmina Burana with Chailly and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Nielsonís Symphony no. 3 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Bryden Thomson, Elgarís Caractacus and The Apostles with Richard Hickox as well as Vaughan Williamís Sea Symphony , and Waltonís Belshazzarís Feast with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the late Sir John Pritchard. His latest releases include the premier recording of Dysonís Canterbury Pilgrims for Chandos with Richard Hickox, Stravinsky songs for Virgin Records and Schoenbergís orchestration of Mahlerís Das Lied von der Erde for GMN under David Atherton, Vaughan Williamsís Serenade to Music with Sir Roger Norrington for EMI, and two CDís of English Song (including Vaughan-Williams, Butterworth, Finzi and Parry) for GMN. Stephen is a member of the Global Music Networkís ďfamily of artistsĒ who deliver, principally via the Internet, unique programmes of new or previously unavailable recordings, providing the consumer with an interactive 21st Century ďradio stationĒ.

He has also worked with many groups specialising in authentic performance techniques under such conductors as Sir Roger Norrington and John Elliot Gardiner, as well as many recordings of plainsong and the very early vocal repertory of various countries. With the group Pro Cantione Antiqua he has recently toured India, Japan and Hong Kong, and has also visited several countries in Central America with the vocal group The Amaryllis Consort, of which he is a founder member.

Concerts abroad have included a tour of Spain with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Libor Pesek in Mahlerís Symphony no. 8, Zemlinskiís Lyric Symphony in Rome with Chailly, and Mahlerís Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Paris with Simon Rattle. He also took part in Pendereckiís St Luke Passion in Palermo and Vienna with the composer conducting, having already recorded the work for Decca after a televised BBC ďPromĒ performance. He has made several visits to Hong Kong, including performances of Mahler, Faure, Berlioz and Walton with David Atherton, Beethovenís Symphony no. 9 in Poland with Semkov and in Lisbon with the Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa, Handelís Messiah in Madrid, Bachís Mass in B min in Tokyo with Rene Jacobs conducting, as well as on tour in France, and Stravinskyís Pribaoutki with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society.

In the United Kingdom, Stephen has sung Beethovenís 9th Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Nikolas Harnoncourt, Stravinsky with Simon Rattle and the CBSO, Carmina Burana with the RPO and the CBSO, Elgarís The Kingdom and The Apostles with the RLPO and Vernon Handly, and Mendelssohnís St Paul with the RSNO. He also returned to Scotland for performances of Carmina Burana with the RSNO and Jervi, as well as concerts with the Halle, the RLPO and the ECO, and took part in a televised Christmas Concert from St Paulís Cathedral. More recent engagements have included recitals and concerts in Israel and Mexico, concert performances of Tippettís King Priam and Mahlerís Das Lied von der Erde under Atherton and Straussís Elecktra under Weller, Stravinskyís Renard with the Birmingham Contemporary Ballet and Rattle, Beethovenís 9th Symphony with Slatkin and the Philharmonia Orchestra in Istanbul as well as concerts with the ECO, The Academy of St Martinís, the RLPO and the RSNO.

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