Steven Humes' 2012-13 Season Offers Ring Cycles in Munich and Geneva; König Heinrich in Beijing; Concerts in Torino and Palma de Mallorca; Wagner, Wagner and More Wagner.
9 November 2012 — After kicking off his 2012-13 season as Daland in Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer at Torino's Teatro Regio, Steven Humes was hailed as a "perfect Wagnerian interpreter" by Opera critic Jacques Schmitt who also wrote: "With a solid bass voice, he gives his character the image of a man tempered and rude. His perfect diction of the German language, it's projection impeccable, makes us appreciate each syllable of his singing." - Resmusica, 17 Oct. 2012 In In the same venue, also with Maestro Gianandrea Noseda, Steven's role debut as Père Laurence in a concert performance of Berlioz' Roméo et Juliette proved the singer up to the challenges of French repertoire as he discharged "powerful maneuvering between recitative and singing" said french critic M. Occhietti. - Art and Opera Review, 29 Oct. 2012. (Remember, Steven was also recently praised as having "perfect Handelian diction" in Toronto's Semele. - The Globe and Mail, 10 May 2012. Truly a Man for all Seasons- or repertoire.)
In November, Steven travels to China to perform another role premiere as König Heinrich in Wagner's Lohengrin at Beijing's NCPA. Steven then returns to Hamburg for Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte followed shortly by his first interpretation of Fafner in both Das Rheingold and Siegfried in the Bayerische Staatsoper's RING. Steven's second RING of the season will be again as Fafner in a collaboration with Dieter Dorn in his much anticipated Das Rheingold in Geneva. Siegfried will follow in 2013-14.
Spring sees Steven In Paris (♪ ♫) returning to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées as Commendatore in Mozart's Don Giovanni and performing his first Hunding as the Teatre Principal de Palma celebrates in concert form Wagner's Walküre in Palma de Mallorca. As a local favorite in Munich, this July Steven returns once again to the world famous Bayerische Staatoper Festspiel for repeat performances of Das Rheingold and Siegfried.
With two complete RING cycle performances in January, one again in July, separate Walküre, Holländer and Lohengrin performances with a Rheingold from yet another RING cycle to be completed next year, you can't actually say that Steven Humes has done FIVE RING cycles this season... but you can say that this (with a side of Mozart and a dash of Berlioz) is a hell of a lot of Wagner to put on anyone's plate. -SW