B i o g r a p h y
“Von diesen wenigen lyrischen Inseln stechen kontrastintensiv Dantons vitale Rhetorik und die leise-suggestive Eloquenz Robespierres heraus, für den man Stephen Chaundy, einen bei Mozart, Zeitgenossen und Operette gleichermaßen erfahrenen Allrounder, nach Magdeburg holt. Dieser nimmt Autorität nur aus der Haltung und der Diktion, das volle stimmliche Kraftfeld entfaltet er bereits im Piano beeindruckend."
“Dantons Tod” Robespierrre, Theater Magdeburg / Concerti.de Von Roland H. Dippel, 29. Januar 2018
Born in London, Stephen Chaundy has been living in Austria for the majority of his twenty-five year career. He joined the Tiroler Landestheater in 1997 moving to join the ensemble at the Volksoper, Wien in 1999 where he has appeared in sixteen seasons to date.
In that time he has taken on a wide range of roles in Opera, Operetta and Musical. Highlights over the last few seasons include the title role in “Candide” at both the Volksoper and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, a role he reprised in the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow in the autumn of 2018; creating the title role in the World Premiere of Simon Vosecek's Operatic version of "Biedermann und die Brandstifter", a performance available on an ORF recording, both for Neue Oper Wien and at the Teatro di Bolzano; singing all three of the main tenor roles in Britten's “Church Parables” for the Festival Retz (“Curlew River”, “The Burning Furnace” and the “Prodigal Son”). In the 2017/18 season he was critically acclaimed for Robespierre in Gottfried von Einem's “Dantons Tod” in Theater Magdeburg. He returned to Magdeburg 2019 as Graf Tassilo in “Gräfin Mariza”. In 2015 he played Professor Higgins in the Kölner Oper's production of “My Fair Lady”, first at the Royal Opera Muscat in Oman and then Köln later that year. He sang the role for a third season 2018/19 season. He returned to Theater Magdeburg 2021/22 for his fourth consecutive season as Dr. Cajus in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Falstaff” and Bob Boles in "Peter Grimes".
Season 2022/23 saw his return the Volksoper Wien for a fifteenth season including the Wiederaufnahme of "Le Nozze de Figaro" (Don Basilio) and make his house debut for Theater Bielefeld as Alfred in "Die Fledermaus".
He has also appeared at the Opéra de Monte Carlo, The Royal Opera Copenhagen, Vest Norges Oper Bergen, the Landestheater Linz, Operettensommer Langenlois, Scottish Opera the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Wien and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. He has performed with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Philharmonia and Hallé Orchestras, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Niederösterreichisches Tonkünstler Orchester, with many leading conductors, including William Boughton, Edo de Waart, Sian Edwards, Claus Peter Flor, Julia Jones, Karen Kamensek, David Parry, Donald Runnicles and Alberto Zedda.
Stephen has an M.A. in Italian from Edinburgh University and trained as a singer at the Royal Northern College of Music (Peter Moores Foundation Scholar), the Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Accademia Chigiana, Siena, with Carlo Bergonzi. He also works as a langauge coach for sung Englsih working with Theater an der Wien, Staatsoper Wien and teaches English as a Sug Language at the University of Music and Drama (MDW) in Vienna. His teachers have included Umberto Grilli, John Mitchinson, Nicholas Powell and he has worked for many years now with KS Wicus Slabbert.