American tenor Stephen Gould made his Royal Opera debut in January 2009 as Paul (Die tote Stadt). In the 2014/15 Season he returns to sing Tristan (Tristan und Isolde) for The Royal Opera.
Gould was born in Virginia and studied at the New England Conservatory, Boston, and at the Lyric Opera of Chicago Center for American Artists. He spent eight years working in musical theatre before returning to opera as an Heldentenor. His Wagner performances have included Siegfried (Der Ring des Nibelungen) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Bayreuth Festival and in Vienna, Berlin, Munich and Amsterdam, Tannhäuser for Bayreuth Festival and in Paris, Budapest, Las Palmas, Mannheim, Vienna, Hamburg, Dresden and Geneva, Lohengrin in Hamburg, Dresden and Trieste, Tristan in Tokyo, Dresden, Paris, Birmingham, La Coruña and for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Parsifal in Dresden and Vienna and Erik (Der fliegende Holländer) for the Metropolitan Opera and in Palermo, Turin, Madrid and Munich. His other appearances in German repertory include Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos) in Dresden and for Vienna State Opera, Emperor (Die Frau ohne Schatten) for Salzburg Festival and in Dresden and Buenos Aires, Paul in Berlin and Vienna and Florestan (Fidelio) in Florence, Rome, Dresden, Munich and Hamburg.
Gould's other recent engagements include Peter Grimes in Dresden and Geneva, Otello in Florence, Karlsruhe and Tokyo and Canio (I pagliacci) for Deutsche Oper Berlin. He performs in concert with leading orchestras in such repertory as Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.