Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Hong Kong 2018
Stefan specializes in lyric baritone roles and is known for his rich and flexible voice and engaging stage presence. Opera News described Stefan Gordon as notable among a cast of young, talented singers in his 2009 production of Jerome Kern's the Cabaret Girl.
As Captain Corcoran, Stefan Gordon was stately, tried and true, reflecting his rank and station in life. His lyric baritone voice was controlled, focused and never pushed, as he aptly demonstrated in “Fair Moon to Thee I Sing.” -Cleveland Classical
"Stefan Gordon sang the Marquis d’Obigny (in Arizona Opera's La Traviata) with a polished sound." -Opera Today
"Captain Corcoran (in Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore), the fine baritone Stefan Gordon, is very much in command, with a slightly rough timbre that perhaps foreshadows his change in circumstances at the end of Act II. " -Opera News
"Baritone Stefan Gordon lent a Steve Martinesque stylization to the role of Count Carnero (in Strauss' Ziguenerbaron) that was quite a hit with its humorous and captivating wit. His vocal prowess was strong, exacting and prudent." -Cleveland Classical
Stefan Gordon has performed in operas, theaters, churches, and in concert in productions in Germany, Austria, Italy, and across America. He has created two leading roles in American opera premieres,
participating in both Arizona Opera workshops of Craig Bohmler’s new opera Riders of the Purple Sage as the villainous Elder Tull. With Ohio Light Opera he premiered the role of romantic lead James Paradene in the first complete performance of Jerome Kern’s The Cabaret Girl in the United States, a role he recorded with Albany Records.
As a performer, he recently performed Sharpless in Musica Viva’s upcoming performance of Madama Butterfly. He also appeared as Malatesta in Don Pasquale in Hong Kong and Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette in the Netherlands. In the 2017/18 season he sang as Count Gil in Segreto di Susanna, Uberto in Serva Padrona, Marquis in La Traviata, and Masetto/Commendatore in Don Giovanni. He also worked as the cover for the new Hong Kong composition Stranger at Home. Dr. Gordon was featured in an eight series duo concert by More Than Musical highlighting Music Theater and hit cabaret/jazz music.
Other previous roles include Count in Nozze di Figaro, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Pirate King and Samuel in Pirates of Penzance, Marullo in Rigoletto, Paquillo in La Perichole, Captain Corcoran
in HMS Pinafore, Count Carnero in The Gypsy Baron, Prince Paul in Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, Frere Jean in Romeo et Juliette, Sid in Albert Herring, Le mari in Les mamelles de Tiresias, Demetrius
in Serse, and the title role in Gianni Schicchi.
In addition to his operatic roles, Dr. Gordon has made an extensive study of operetta, performing several seasons with the leading operetta company in the United States, Ohio Light Opera. He has performed all but three of the Gilbert and Sullivan shows, most of them several times in close to a hundred different performances.
Dr. Gordon is an international stage director, with performances in the United States and in Europe, and is scheduled to make his Asian directing debut in 2019. He led in the casting and creation of a new opera production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with over 200 productions in Vienna, Austria. In 2018 he also directed a production of Die Zauberflöte with the Vienna Summer Music Festival, where he also worked as a musical coach for their 2017 production of Don Giovanni. Dr. Gordon directed Rapides Symphony’s production of Die Zauberflöte in 2016. In 2019 he is scheduled to direct operas in the United States and Austria. Other directing credits include The Mikado, Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi. Dr. Gordon created the Northwestern Opera Theater Ensemble at NSULA, where he spent two years as an Assistant Professor of Music. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University, a Master of music from Florida State, and a Bachelor of music from the University of Utah
Dr. Gordon created the Northwestern Opera Theater Ensemble at NSULA, where he spent two years as an Assistant Professor of Music. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University, a Master of music from Florida State, and a Bachelor of music from the University of Utah.
When not singing or directing Dr. Gordon offers lessons through his company, International Performing Arts, in Hong Kong.