STEVEN PAUL SPEARS
Tenor Steven Paul Spears has performed with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and in several opera companies in the United States, including the Aspen Music Festival, Houston Grand in conjunction with the Jewish Cultural Center, Utah, Utah Festival (in Logan), Palm Beach, Kentucky, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Memphis, as well as the Juilliard Opera Theater. In May 2004, he received the Master’s Degree in Music from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he began his studies with Marlena Malas. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Louisville School of Music, under Edith Davis Tidwell. He is Assistant Professor of Music, voice, at Lawrence Conservatory in Appleton, Wisconsin. Specialising in obscure works of the Baroque (Monteverdi and Handel) and contemporary periods (Orff and Britten), his operatic repertoire also includes the coloratura and lyric rôles of Mozart and Rossini, as well as mainstream character rôles, such as Little Bat in Floyd’s Susannah, Goro in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and David in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He has recorded Bach’s St John Passion and B minor Mass with the New England Bach Festival and Britten’s St Nicolas with the Choir of St. Francis in the Fields and conductor James Rightmyer in Louisville, Kentucky.