Internationally acclaimed American character tenor Steven Cole made his professional debut singing Monsieur Triquet in Eugene Onegin with the Boston Symphony under Seiji Ozawa at Tanglewood. Specializing in character tenor roles, he has a remarkably varied repertoire with more than 70 roles from Monteverdi to Ligeti.
Mr. Cole’s recent seasons exemplify his extraordinary versatility: Don Buscone in Veremonda with the Spoleto Festival USA, Goro in Madama Butterfly and the Abbé de Chazeuil in Adriana Lecouvreur with Opéra de Nice, the four valets in The Tales of Hoffman with the San Francisco Opera, Edmonton Opera and Canadian Opera Company, the three tenor roles in L’enfant et les Sortilèges with Théâtre de Caen, Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess with the Cincinnati Opera, and Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte at the Théatre Champs Elysées in Paris.
Mr. Cole made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos under James Levine. During the course of his career, he has returned many times to the San Francisco Opera, and has performed with the Canadian Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Seattle Opera, the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and New York Philharmonic.
Mr. Cole performs regularly in Europe, especially in France and Switzerland. He has performed with the Opéra National de Paris, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Opéra Comique, the opera companies of Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nantes, Nancy, Geneva, and Lausanne, the Aix-en-Provence Festival and the Salzburg Festival.