Steven Humes
New England Region, Encouragement Award, 1999
National Council Finalist 2003 (Eastern Region Winner)

Steven Humes begins the 2015-16 season in one of his signature roles, Fafner, in a concert version of Das Rheingold with the Odense Symphony in Denmark. Also on his calendar, more Wagner, including a return to another familiar role, König Heinrich in Lohengrin, at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, and König Marke in Tristan und Isolde at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, along with Banco in Macbeth with Opera Theater St. Gallen in Switzerland.


In the last two seasons (2013-2015), the bass was heard as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni with Boston Lyric Opera, Count Lamoral in Arabella with Semperoper Dresden and at the Salzburg Easter Festival; Vodník in Rusalka at Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera; and King Karl in Schubert’s Fierrabras at La Monnaie in Brussels. His most recent Wagner outings have included Das Rheingold’s Fafner with Opéra de Monte-Carlo and at the Grand-Théâtre de Genève; Fafner in Siegfried in Geneva; Daland inDer fliegende Hollander in St. Gallen, Switzerland; and Hunding in Die Walküre at the Musikverein Graz, Austria. Steven also recently completed a multi-city tour of Honneger’s oratorio “Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher” at the New York Philharmonic in June, and appeared as the bass soloist in the Dvořák “Stabat Mater” at the Herrenchiemsee Festspiele in Germany.


A graduate of the New England Conservatory and Boston University, Steven Humes received his early operatic training as an apprentice artist with Opera Theater of St. Louis, Chicago Opera Theater, Glimmerglass Opera and Wolf Trap Opera and was a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich for eight years. Appearing regularly on the international stage since 2003, he has performed numerous roles throughout the world: just in the two seasons from 2011-2013, the bass appeared as Fafner in Das Rheingold and Siegfried in Munich at the Bayerische Staatsoper and in the Munich Opera Festival; Daland inDer fliegende Hollander and also as Rocco in Fidelio at the Teatro Regio di Torino; the Commendatore at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the King in Lohengrinat the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing; Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at Die Staatsoper Hamburg, Cadmus/Somnus in Semele with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, and Sir Gualtiero Raleigh in Roberto Devereux in Munich and at the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo. His many earlier roles included Ramfis and The King in Aida, Wurm in Luisa Miller, Sam in Un Ballo in Maschera, The High Priest in Nabucco, Pistola in Falstaff, and Lodovico in Otello; Oroveso in Norma; Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos; Titurel in Parsifal and Biterolf in Tannhäuser; Gremin in Eugene Onegin; Dr. Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro and Publio in La clemenza di Tito; and Colline in La bohème and Timur in Turandot.




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