Stephen Martin has enjoyed operatic engagements spanning throughout Italy, China and the United States singing roles such as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème, Hoffmann in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, Da Xing in Jin Xiang’s The Savage Land, Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Casey in Ricky Ian Gordan’s The Grapes of Wrath, Tybalt in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Stephen recently returned from The Glimmerglass Festival where he performed the role of the Kronprinz in Kevin Puts’ Silent Night. Stephen performed with Sarasota Opera as a Studio Artistduring the 2017-2018 season, covering the role of Pedro in D’albert’s Tiefland, performing the role of Gastone in La Traviata and covering the role of Alfredo. Stephen was an apprentice artist at The Santa Fe Opera in 2017 and 2016, singing the roleof Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor (2017) and covering the roles of Monsieur Taupe in Capriccio and Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette (2016).
Stephen has twice won the East Tennessee District Metropolitan Opera Competition and is the recipient of an Encouragement Award at the Mid-South Regional Metropolitan Opera competition. He was awarded the Mandelker/Harris Award for Outstanding Returning Studio Artist at Sarasota Opera, won the Charlotte Ruppel Memorial Voice Competition, the Michigan State University Concerto/Honors competition, received both the Jewell and Rohrstock voice fellowships at Michigan State University and was selected to be a Mackey Scholar.
Stephen holds master’s degrees in voice performance and music theory pedagogy and a bachelor’s degree in voice performance from Michigan State University.