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2015-2016 announcements are finally in. Steven Humes sings König Marke in a new, fully staged production at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. He returns to the role of König Heinrich at the Royal Danish Opera.

19 June 2015 — On board with the 2015-16 season at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Steven Humes will sing König Marke in Tristan und Isolde with Daniele Gatti conducting. This fully staged production by director Pierre Audi will also feature Torsten Kerl as Tristan, Emily Magee as Isolde, Brett Polegato as Kurwenal and Michelle Breedt as Brangäne.

In January, 2016, Mr. Humes returns to a familiar role as
König Heinrich in Lohengrin at the Royal Danish Opera in Kopenhagen, conducted by Alexander Vedernikov. Also in the 2015-16 season Mr. Humes will be performing Fafner in a concert version of Rheingold in Odense, Denmark, Banco in Macbeth in St. Gallen, Switzerland and Beethoven 9 concerts throughout Italy.

This past season and on extremely short notice Steven Humes jumped in as Vodník in Opera Roma’s troubled waters. In their season opener of
Rusalka he was praised as having a beautiful bass voice, a strong stage presence and his aria was, as the French say, un modèle d’équilibre.

Speaking of the French, Steven joined Oscar winning actress Marion Cotillard (along with famed French actors Eric Genovese and Christian Gonon) on a tour of Honneger’s
Jean d’arc. This multi-city run culminated in four final performances in Avery Fisher Hall with Alan Gilbert at the helm of the New York Philharmonic.

The positive
reviews keep pouring in of Steven Humes’ interpretations of Fafner, Daland, Commendatore, Hunding, et al. In the recent revival of the RING in Geneva, his “solid bass” was hailed as “henceforth THE Fafner” of major productions. While words to describe his craft include stentorian, powerful, deep, sterling bass with moving and impeccably clear diction, he also continues to garner the highest praise of “best cast” and the one singer who “dominates the distribution” of roles.


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Photo composite: Frank Green + Steven Humes