British mezzo-soprano Pamela Helen Stephen made her Royal Opera House debut as Phoebe Meryll (The Yeomen of the Guard) with Welsh National Opera, and her Royal Opera debut in 1997 as Third Shining One (The Pilgrim’s Progress). She has since sung Moppet and Goose (Paul Bunyan) and Hecuba (Les Troyens) for The Royal Opera and in the 2014/15 Season returns to sing Annina (La traviata).
Stephen studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the Opera Theater Center at Aspen, Colorado, and in Toronto. She has sung for all the major British opera companies and for Opera Australia, Los Angeles Opera, Spoleto Festival, the St Endellion and Wexford festivals and in Lisbon, Ludwigsburg, Paris and Amsterdam, among others. She has appeared in concert with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, City of London Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, with many leading European orchestras and at the BBC Proms.
Stephen’s operatic repertory has included Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Sesto and Giulio Cesare (Giulio Cesare), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Carmen, Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Prince Charmant (Cendrillon), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), Auntie and Second Niece (Peter Grimes), Nancy (Albert Herring), Kate (Owen Wingrave), Sonya (War and Peace), Madame Popova (The Bear), Cynthia (Playing Away) and Lillian Disney (The Perfect American).
Barbara Senator as Ascanius, Robert Lloyd as Priam, Sophia Mcgregor as Andromache, Sebastian Wright as Astanax, Pamela Helen Stephen as Hecuba and Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra in Les Troyens © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012
Pamela Helen Stephen in Les Troyens, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2012
Pamela Helen Stephen © Benjamin Ealovega