Stephen Aviss was born and raised in Surrey. Following a degree in English Literature at University College London he trained at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio.
Roles include Fenton in Nicolai’s opera The Merry Wives of Windsor (Surrey Opera), Ruggero (cover) in Puccini’s La Rondine (British Youth Opera) and Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata (Iford, cover Opera North and Opera Holland Park). Stephen has also sung in Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Britten’s Billy Budd in Glyndebourne and in New York. Stephen sang Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca as part of the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre, London, reprising the role at the Celebrate Voice Festival in Salisbury. In 2016 Stephen was a Christine Collins Young Artist at Opera Holland Park, singing the role of Rodolfo in La Boheme and has covered this role for English National Opera. Returning to Opera Holland Park in 2017 Stephen sung the role of Prunier in La rondine.
Stephen has also performed many concerts internationally including at the Palace of Versailles, as well as opera galas in Beirut, Geneva, Paris and Stockholm. He has toured extensively in Sweden and Norway not only performing opera, but also lieder and song. Television work includes a performance of The Office, The Opera for BBC’s Comic Relief. A regular performer of oratorio, Stephen has sung Handel’s Samson, The Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Verdi’s Requiem.
Future plans include singing Edmondo in Manon Lescaut for Opera Holland Park in summer 2019.
Stephen is represented by Lawrence Kershaw https://www.musicpartnership.co.uk/