Stephen Roberts (31 October)
This distinguished English baritone studied at London’s Royal College of Music before going on to become a Lay Clerk in the Choir of Westminster Abbey. At the Royal College his teachers were the tenor Gerald English and the baritone Redvers Llewellyn. He also studied piano with Peter Element and organ with Harold Darke. Other major influences were the accompanist Geoffrey Parsons and his partner the singing coach Eric Vertheir. He is equally at home on the recital platform and the operatic stage. Roles in which he is particularly admired include the Count in The Marriage of Figaro, Falke in Die Fledermaus, Ubalde in Gluck’s Armide, Ramiro in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole, Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Gregor Mittenhofer in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers. Many of his appearances on the concert platform are familiar as television broadcasts, including Britten’s War Requiem, Weill’s Sieben Todsunden, Handel oratorios and Delius’ Sea Drift.
His large discography includes Orff’s Carmina Burana conducted by Riccardo Chailly, the role of Patroklus in David Atherton’s recording of Tippett’s King Priam and Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony and Elgar’s The Apostles and Caractacus, conducted by Richard Hickox.
When not performing he enjoys cooking, ‘a certain amount of gardening’ and collecting paintings.
His appearance at Putney Music with his friend of many years’ standing, Sheila Armstrong, both of them at the tender mercies of our Vice-President Ian Partridge – three singers on one stage! – promises an evening of insight, reminiscence and laughter.