Manager: Elizabeth Crittenden , Artistic Advisor & Consultant
Management Territory: Sundry Territories
Portraying the jester Don Buscone with riotous physicality that encompassed cartwheels and bounding about the stage with the spryness of an Olympic hurdler, tenor Steven Cole provided levity whenever dramatic situations seemed destined for irreversible calamity. In the first part of the opera, he sang 'Ala, ala, o Guerrieri, fate largo, o Soldati' with the counterfeit pomposity of a man for whom war is a tremendous inconvenience. Cole’s phrasing of 'Il giorno a caccia di selvaggie belve il nostro re sen va' revealed that the depths of his artistry extend far beyond comedy. The self-important glee with which he delivered 'Da caccia il re tornò di cornuti animali' to the audience in the second part, relaying the report of Veremonda’s dalliance with Delio, was boisterous, but the foremost joy of his performance was the quality of his singing. His bright timbre allied with technical acumen that failed him in none of the difficulties of his music, the sheer mirth with which Cole enacted Don Buscone’s shenanigans was infectious. Joseph Newsome, www.voix-des-arts.com, June 8, 2015, “Veremonda, l’amazzone di Aragona,” Spoleto Festival USA
"Steven Cole contributed four incredibly inventive, appealingly sung comprimario turns as Andreas, Cochenille, Frantz, and Pittichinnacio. In fact I have never seen anyone do these better, making Mr.Cole a wonderful discovery" James Sohre, www.operatoday.com, June 4, 2012, "The Tales of Hoffman," Canadian Opera Company, Toronto.
"Steven Cole delivered a Sporting Life of epic proportions, not just in characterizations and textual detail, but exurberent in dance and mime" Charles Parson, OPERA, December 2012, "Porgy and Bess," Cincinnati Opera
Internationally acclaimed American character tenor Steven Cole made his professional debut singing Monsieur Triquet in 'Eugene Onegin' with the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa at Tanglewood. Specializing in character tenor roles, he has a remarkably varied repertoire with more than 70 roles from Monteverdi to Ligeti.
Mr. Cole’s recent seasons exemplify his extraordinary versatility: Don Buscone in ‘Veremonda’ with the Spoleto Festival USA, performances as the narrator in a world premiere of Chris Theofanidis’s ‘Creation/Creator’ with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Goro in ‘Madama Butterfly’ and the ‘Abbé de Chazeuil’ in Adriana Lecouvreur . . . with Opéra de Nice, Nick in ‘La Fanciulla del West’ with the San Francisco Opera, the four valets in ‘The Tales of Hoffman’ with Edmonton Opera and the Canadian Opera Company, the three tenor roles in ‘L’enfant et les Sortilèges’ with Théâtre de Caen, Sportin’ Life in ‘Porgy and Bess’ with the Cincinnati Opera, and Monostatos in ‘Die Zauberflöte’ at the Théatre Champs Elysées in Paris.
Mr. Cole made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Tanzmeister in 'Ariadne auf Naxos' under James Levine. He has sung with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony and performed Janacek’s 'From the House of the Dead' with Rafael Kubelik conducting the New York Philharmonic. During the course of his career, he has returned many times to the San Francisco Opera ('Die Zauberflöte', 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', 'Boris Godunov', 'Khovanshchina' and'La fanciulla del West'), and has performed with Canadian Opera, Houston, Washington, Chicago Lyric, and Seattle Opera.
Mr. Cole performs regularly in Europe, especially in France and Switzerland (Le Figaro, Paris: “Ah, if French singers pronounced like him, we would not need surtitles in our theatres.”)
He has performed with the Opéra National de Paris (most recently 'Billy Budd'), the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Opéra Comique, the opera companies of Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nantes, Nancy, Geneva, and Lausanne. He has performed at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, where he has recorded two productions for the ERATO Label: 'Die Zauberflöte' under William Christie and 'The Rake’s Progress' under Kent Nagano. Mr. Cole’s performance of 'Orphée aux enfers' under the musical direction of Marc Minkowksi was recorded for EMI.
Mr. Cole has a particular interest in contemporary repertoire, having participated in the world premieres of Jean Prodromides 'La noche triste', Gavin Bryar’s 'Medea', and the revised version of Györgi Ligeti’s 'Le grand macabre' in a production by Peter Sellars at the Salzburg Festival under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen (recorded by Sony Classical). Mr. Cole has also been heard in Berg’s 'Lulu', 'Boulevard Solitude' by Hans Werner Henze and in Carlisle Floyd’s 'Susannah', the latter recorded under Kent Nagano for Virgin records. He has also collaborated with baroque specialists like Michel Corboz ('Orfeo', 'Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria', 'L’incoronazione di Poppea'), and René Jacobs (Cesti’s 'L’argia' and recently, Cavalli’s 'La Calisto' at the Salzburg Festival).