Steven Tharp has been praised by Opera News for the "bel canto flexibility and sweetness" of his voice, while the New Yorker has described his voice as “strong, free, and forward in tone, verbally sure, lyrical in utterance.” In the 2017-18 season he sings as soloist in Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem with the Grand Rapids Symphony and in Haydn’s The Creation with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

Recently he sang Britten’s War Requiem with the Winnipeg Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem under the auspices of the Defiant Requiem Foundation in New York and Oklahoma City, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Wyoming Symphony.

Mr. Tharp has appeared in concert with orchestras worldwide, including the New York Philharmonic, American Bach Soloists, Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, Music of the Baroque, Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico. His concert repertoire extends from Monteverdi to John Musto, includes the masterpieces of the 18th and 19th century — the Bach passions, the masses of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, the oratorios of Handel, Haydn, and Mendelssohn — and extends to Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder, Verdi’s Requiem, and Britten’s War Requiem.

Opera credits in the United States include performances with the Metropolitan Opera, Bel Canto at Caramoor, Dallas Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Memphis, Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Omaha, Seattle Opera, and Skylight Opera. Internationally he has appeared with de Nederlandse Opera, the Nationale Reisopera (Netherlands), Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, and Teatro Massimo (Palermo). In addition to the major tenor parts of Mozart and Handel, his more than 50 operatic roles include Jaquino in Fidelio, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, David in Die Meistersinger, and Lysander in Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Recitals have also been a constant and important feature of Mr. Tharp’s career. At the New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art he collaborated with Will Crutchfield in two series, The World of Schubert’s Songs and The World of Heinrich Heine. He has also appeared in recital at the 92nd Street Y, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, the Bard Festival, Caramoor, Newport Chamber Music Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, the New York Festival of Song and venues in Europe, Japan and South America.

Mr. Tharp has recorded for Decca, Delos, Newport, Albany and Naxos. His world-premiere recording of the complete songs of Edward MacDowell, accompanied by the late James Barbagallo, earned a Grammy Award nomination, and his recording of Frank Martin’s Le Vin Herbé was an “Editor’s Choice” in Opera News. Albany released his recording of Vaughan-Williams’ On Wenlock Edge with the Ciompi Quartet, and he can be heard on a Delos release of Handel’s Messiah with the American Bach Soloists. Mr. Tharp’s live recording of Schubert’s Schwanengesang, with the Dutch pianist Jan-Paul Grijpink, was released in 2011, and an album of Fauré songs with Rachelle Jonck accompanying is forthcoming.

In recent seasons, Mr. Tharp has added stage direction to his accomplishments, with productions for the Manhattan School of Music’s Handel Project (Alcina, Ariodante) and for Caramoor (Così Fan Tutte, H.M.S. Pinafore, Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon, and Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix).


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