Steven Humes' 2013-14 Season Offers Ring Cycles in Geneva, Monte Carlo; Flying Dutchman in St. Gallen; Concerts in Bonn; Arabella with Thielemann in Salzburg.
9 July 2013 — Since the great success of Steven Humes as König Heinrich in Lohengrin last season in Beijing, the "stentorian bass" Opera News has seen many new doors open in the Wagner arena. This Fall marks his house debut in St. Gallen with a return to the role of Daland, celebrating a return of Der fliegende Holländer to St. Gallen after a 40 year absence, this time under the baton of Modestas Pitrėnas. Last season Steven was the "perfect Wagnerian interpreter" at Torino's Teatro Regio with his Daland that was dubbed "solid bass". "His perfect diction of the German language, its impeccable projection, made us appreciate each syllable of his singing." Resmusica.
Steven enjoyed many outstanding reviews for this past season's performances of Das Rheingold (Munich, Geneva), Siegfried (Munich) and Die Walküre (Palma de Mallorca). After being "magnificently cast" as Fafner in Geneva's Das Rheingold he returns as the dragon in Geneva's Ring Cycle with Siegfried this Fall. The entire Ring Cycle will play again in May 2014.
Perfect for Commendatore, Steven wowed audiences in Paris with his "imposing basso profondo" in recent performances of Don Giovanni that "for once was formidably sung", and was praised for having a "nice voice compared against the blunderbusses so often cast in the role." Le Monde
Easter 2014, Steven will be joining the highly acclaimed Beethoven Orchester of Bonn, Germany as the bass soloist for Bach's Matthäus-Passion. -SW
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