Stephen Chambers - Tenor



Stephen recently won 2nd place in the 2013 Handel Singing Competition in London. Stephen was also the recipient of 2nd prize in the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. He also won the Anthony Kearns prize for Best Male Singer & the Handel prize. 


New Zealand/British tenor Stephen Chambers holds a BSc in Physiology, as well as a MusB(Hons) from the University of Otago, a GPD(Opera) from the Boston Conservatory, and an MMus(Opera) from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Operatic roles played by Stephen include Soldier in The Emperor of Atlantis, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Albert in Albert Herring, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, The Schoolmaster in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Lt. Bonner in War and Peace. He also premiered the role of Daumer in Kaspar Hauser: Child of Europe by Rory Boyle.

In 2010 he made his debuts at the BBC Proms as a soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music (BBC SSO / Runnicles), and at the Edinburgh Festival as a Trojan man in Idomeneo (SCO / Norrington). 

Stephen studied with Stephen Robertson and completed the Opera Course at the RSAMD, as the recipient of the ABRSM International postgraduate scholarship. Stephen has also been supported by Sir James Caird’s Travelling Scholarships Trust.

In 2011 Stephen went to the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, became a Samling scholar and attended the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence académies in June-July. 

In 2012 Stephen was one of the Young Artists in Residence at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) and sang his first St. John Passion as both the Evangelist and tenor soloist with members of the Dunedin Consort and their conductor, John Butt (O.B.E). That Summer, Stephen sang in the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and made his Glyndebourne debut in the role of Nuñes Vidal in The Yellow Sofa on the Glyndebourne tour. 

Stephen most recently undertook part time studies with Dennis O'Neill & Nuccia Focile at the Welsh International Academy of Voice.


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"Ines Simoes and Stephen Chambers as the girl and the soldier give thrilling performances."
- John Bird, Furioso & The Emperor of Atlantis, Grimeborn Festival, August 2012

Voice of substance

"Three years at the Royal Scottish Academy of Drama and Music has certainly matured this fine tenor, and the opening three contrasting songs by John Dowland immediately showed a voice of substance, with precise and succinct enunciation in delivery.
Chambers gave a very impressive performance, excellently intoned, negotiating Britten's unpredictable melodic direction and dissonance with intelligent nuance and clarity of diction, providing insight to the depth of meaning in the text."
- Elizabeth Bouman, Lunchtime Concert Marama Hall Dunedin, March 2012

"Tenor delivered with beautiful tone, intelligent phrasing, and prudent strength. A highlight was a tenor solo sung by Chambers with realistic fortitude and conviction."
- Beauty of Baroque, 
Knox Church, March 2012

"The evangelist, tenor Stephen Chambers, begins to tell the Nativity story. Stephen's clarity of words and agility of voice ensured our interest as the story came to life."
- Hexham Orpheus Choir. Bach's Christmas Oratorio, December 2011

"Stephen Chambers, seen already in Perth Concert Hall as the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring, began with a Comfort Ye recit of good diction and dramatic presence delivered with joy to the aria Ev’ry Valley. Equally dramatic and sympathetic was his grouping in Part Two."
- The Perthshire Advertiser, Perth Choral: Messiah in Perth Concert Hall by Ian Stuart-Hunter, December 2011

"Stephen's... beautiful lyrical tenor voice, full of compassion and love, soared through the theatre..."
- The Arbroath Herald, 76th Annual Male Voice Choir Concert, April 2010

"Stephen Chambers had ample opportunity to reveal his agile, controlled, generous and sensitive tenor voice..."
- The Otago Daily Times, A wonderful night, enjoyed by all by Marian Poole, August 2009

"Stephen Chambers sang Quint with a magnificent power, choirboy purity, and breathtaking precision."
- The Boston Globe, Splendid tones color a classic ghost story by David Perkins, February 2008

"...the astounding young tenor Stephen Chambers as Quint..."
- The Boston Phoenix, Unembarrassed Riches by Lloyd Schwartz, February 2008

"It was good... to both see and hear in young Stephen Chambers from Dunedin a fine artist in the making."
- The New Zealand Listener The case for Wagner by Peter Shaw, April 2006


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