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Stephen Harland

Biography

Stephen Harland

Canadian Tenor Stephen Raymond Harland “showed off an exciting Italianate, energetic sound as Ismael in Nabucco (Paula Citron, Arts Reviewer for Classical 96.3 FM ) and “ proved himself the possessor of a lovely tenor voice” (Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail)

A frequent performer across Canada, spanning Victoria, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, and Newfoundland, with performances that include Handel’s Messiah with the Montreal Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Victoria Symphony, the London Fanshawe Symphonic Chorus, where he also performed the Mozart Requiem, Honegger’s Le Roi David, Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. 

Other oratorio performances include Haydn’s Creation with the Newfoundland Symphony, Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Toronto’s Amadeus Choir, conducted by Lydia Adams, with whom he also performed Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessione and Litaniae. Handel’s Solomon with Chorus Niagara under the direction of Robert Cooper, with whom he also performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s Magnificat with the Bel’Arte Singers, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Noel Edison conducting. 

Mr. Harland’s operatic experience has included the Toronto Operetta Theatre’s productions of Johann Strauss’s A Night in Venice, in the role of the worldly Duke of Urbino. Mozart’s Requiem and operatic excerpts with Orillia’s Cellar Singers under the direction of Albert Greer, Opera in Concert’s Nabucco in the role of Ismaele, as Tony in Bernstein’s West Side Story, as Carlo in Donizetti’s Linda Di Chamonix, Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme, Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon. He has appeared in concerts celebrating the music Gilbert and Sullivan and Victor Herbert with the Grand Salon Orchestra conducted by Kerry Stratton. He has recently returned from a series of concerts in Florence and Padua that included the music of Dowland, Purcell, Cimarosa, Rossini and Britten. 

This season will include Handel’s Messiah at the George Weston Recital Hall and Markham Theatre. He will perform the moving Stabat Mater of Dvorak with the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra. In London he will return to the Fanshawe Chorale for Mozart’s Requiem and a program of Mozart Opera highlights including Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. Schumann’s Dichterliebe will the focus in May in recital with paintings to accompany the poignant music of spring and lost love. Then in February Mr. Harland will perform Vaughn William’s On Wenlock Edge for tenor and string ensemble.