STEVENTHARP (tenor) has appeared with the American Bach Soloists in Handel's Messiah, and is featured on our recently released recording of that work. He has also appeared in concert with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati May Festival, Colorado Symphony, Chicago Music of the Baroque, and the St. Louis Symphony, under conductors including Solti, Barenboim, Masur, Gergiev, Dohnanyi, James Conlon and Jane Glover. His concert repertoire 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, the Verdi Requiem, and Britten's War Requiem.
Mr. Tharp has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Netherlands Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, the Badisches Staatsoper in Karlsruhe, Opera Pacific, the Minnesota Opera, Bel Canto at Caramoor, and the companies of Dallas, Houston, Seattle, Memphis, Omaha, Salt Lake City and Miami. 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. Mr. Tharp sang the title role in the American premiere of Conti's Don Chisciotte at the Caramoor Festival in 2004 and made his 2005 debut with the Netherlands Reisopera in Gassmann's L'Opera Seria. He will return to the Reisopera in future seasons for Boris Godunov and Les Contes d'Hoffman.
He returns to Caramoor twice this summer, in John Musto's song cycle The Book of Uncommon Prayer and in a concert of Mozart arias and ensembles. New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art presented Mr. Tharp in two series of solo recitals, "The World of Schubert's Songs" and "The World of Heinrich Heine." He has also appeared in song at the 92nd Street Y, Carnegie's Weill Hall, the Bard Festival, Newport Chamber Music Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, and as a frequent guest of the New York Festival of Song. Mr. Tharp has recorded for Decca, Delos, Newport, 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 the "Editor's Choice" in Opera News. Albany recently released his recording of Vaughan-Williams' On Wenlock Edge with the Ciompi Quartet.