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Stephen Mills

Tenor Stephen Mills is in demand throughout the classical repertoire and is sought after for both Oratorio and Opera, as well on the concert platform. He is currently undertaking a Masters in Performance as the Dmitri Hvorostovsky Scholar at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Tim Evans-Jones and the continued guidance of Paul Bambrough. He is generously supported by Dmitri Hvorostovsky, The Kathleen Trust, The Clemence Charitable Settlement, The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, The Tom Cocklin Trust and the Josephine Baker Trust. In 2014, Stephen received a First Class Honours degree from the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2014 where he studied with Julian Pike and Paul Bambrough, having received a scholarship from the EMI Music Sound Foundation.

His operatic experience includes Ormindo in Cavalli’s Ormindo, Vašek in The Bartered Bride, Laisander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tenor Soloist in The Ring of Fire, Sam Kaplan in Street Scene, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Bastien in Bastien und Bastienne, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Richard Dauntless in Ruddigore, Hugh in Hugh the Drover, Gomatz in Zaide, Mr. Erlanson in A Little Night Music and Le Chevalier in Dialogues des Carmélite. Stephen has been a member of the Grange Park Opera Chorus in both 2015 and 2016 in their productions of La Boheme, Samson et Dalila, La Fanciulla del West and Don Carlo. He also sang in the Chorus at Lyon Opera House in the world premičre of Benjamin, derniere nuit as part of the ‘Festival pour l’humanité’ in 2016. Stephen performed the part of Heddle Nash in Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music at Buckingham Palace in February 2017 conducted by John Wilson and also performed Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge at Leith Hill Place, Surrey in May 2017 with Dr. Natasha Loges and the Bach Quartet. He also performed Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin as part of the Lasham Music Festival in Hampshire with Paul Bambrough at the piano. Stephen will perform the role of Le Fils in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias in the Britten Theatre at the Royal College of Music in June 2017 and has been awarded a place on the Les Azuriales Young Artist Programme in September before continuing his Masters studies at the RCM.

Stephen reached the finals of the RCM Lieder Prize in 2016, the Kathleen Ferrier Youth Competition in 2011, the Reginald Vincent Lieder Prize in 2012 and the Edward Brookes Lieder Prize in 2014 as well as coming runner up in both the Cecil Drew Oratorio Prize in 2013 and the Birmingham Conservatoire Singing prize in 2014. His solo oratorio experience includes Bach’s Magnificat, B Minor Mass, St. John Passion, Cantata No.21 and Christmas Oratorio, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Stainer’s Crucifixion, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Litaniae Lauretanae and Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Missa Sancti Nicolai and Creation, Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Ste. Cécile and Britten’s Saint Nicolas Mass.

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