Steven Gallop joined the YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM of THE AUSTRALIAN OPERA, (now OPERA AUSTRALIA) in 1991 and went on to appear in many roles for the company including Theseus in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, The Bonze in MADAM BUTTERFLY, Herman Ortel in DER MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG, The Mandarin in TURANDOT, Montano in OTELLO, Swallow in PETER GRIMES, Don Fernando in FIDELIO and Ribbling in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA.
Steven Gallop made his European debut in the role of John Claggart in Britten’s BILLY BUDD for NEUE OPER WIEN in 1997, the same year appearing for WELSH NATIONAL OPERA as Don Fernando and covering Rocco in FIDELIO under the baton of Carlo Rizzi. He also appeared as Graf Von Gloster in LEAR for NEUE OPER WIEN and sang Caramello in Offenbach’s IL SIGNOR FAGOTTO for WIENER KONZERTHAUS. He continued his association with WELSH NATIONAL OPERA in 1998 singing the roles of Varlaam and Nikitish in BORIS GODUNOV.
On the concert platform, during 1999, he appeared for the MUSIKVERIEN WIEN in Leonard Bernstein’s SONGFEST.
During 2000, Steven Gallop made his first appearances in the role of the Hotel Manager in Adés’ POWDER HER FACE for NIMROD OPERA in Odense, Denmark, a role he was engaged to sing in the two subsequent years, for the same company’s touring performances in Chicago, Zagreb, Tel Aviv, Winterthur, Naples and Rome.
2000 and 2001 also included POWDER HER FACE for MUSIKWERKSTATT in Vienna and for OPERA NANTES in France as well as Oberlin in Rihm’s opera, Jakob Lenz for KLANGBOGEN/NEUE OPER WIEN and The Hangman in Kurt Wiell’s THE FIREBRAND OF FLORENCE for WIENER KONZERTHAUS, the Haushofmeister in Doderer’s DIE FREMDE for MUSIKWERKSTATT in Vienna, the role of Arthur in Peter Maxwell Davies’ THE LIGHTHOUSE for KLANGBOGEN/NEUE OPER WIEN and Odysseus in SZENE PENTHESILEA EIN TRAUM for the WIENER FESTWOCHEN at the VIENNA VOLKSOPER.
In 2002 he sang the role of Barbemuche in Leoncavallo’s LA BOHEME under the baton of Marco Guidarini, at the KLANGBOGEN FESTIVAL, and the roles of The Father and The King in Max Nagl’s JAZZMÄRCHEN for the VIENNA VOLKSOPERA. He was also engaged by ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA to cover the role of Schigolch in Berg’s LULU and gave performances of Peter Maxwell Davies’ EIGHT SONGS FOR A MAD KING in Baden.
During 2004 Steven Gallop sang the role of Swallow in the Chilean premiere of PETER GRIMES at the TEATRO MUNICIPALE in Santiago. He also appeared as The Man Without Conscience in Nigel Osborne’s TERRIBLE MOUTH for MUSIKWERKSTATT WIEN and as Dr. Anthony Carroll in THE PIANO TUNER, by the same composer, in performances at the ROYAL OPERA COVENT GARDEN. Other operatic appearances included Dennis in WHEN SHE DIED by Jonathan Dove for KAMMEROPER WIEN, and Kasper in DER FRIESCHUTZ for BURGARENA REINSBERG in Austria and as the EMPEROR in Tan Dun’s opera, TEA for NEUE OPER WIEN, performances of which OPERA NEWS wrote, Steven Gallop was riveting as an authoritative Emperor, with his unmatchable diction and cavernous bass. Of his performances of the Commendatore in DON GIOVANNI for OPERA ANYWHERE in Oxford, OPERA NOW REVIEW said, Steven Gallop added real menace…with a voice of tremendous power and emotional depth., and OXFORD MAGAZINE wrote, …the sensations of the evening… Steven Gallop in the Commendatore role… doom laden and menacing… overwhelming.
In the USA for EUGENE OPERA he appeared, during 2007, as Sarastro in THE MAGIC FLUTE and as Mephistopheles in FAUST during 2010.
Returning to live in Melbourne during 2008, Steven Gallop was engaged by OPERA AUSTRALIA to appear as The Bonze in its Melbourne season of MADAM BUTTERFLY and as Georgio in I PURITANI by MELBOURNE OPERA. He has since gone on to appear with MELBOURNE OPERA as Mephistopheles in FAUST, Colline in LA BOHEME, Rocco in Fidelio and, during 2014, returned to the company in the role of THE BONZE in MADAM BUTTERLFY.
His engagements with VICTORIAN OPERA since 2009 have included the Commendatore in DON GIOVANNI, the role of Ariodate in Handel’s XERXES, and Achilla in JULIUS CAESAR, Sarastro in THE MAGIC FLUTE, and Pheobus in JS Bach’s DER STREIT ZWISCHEN PHEOBUS UND PAN. He was also guest soloist in the company’s opera gala in late-2012.
Steven Gallop made his debut, in 2013, with STATE OPERA OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA as the Marquis of Calatrava in LA FORZA DEL DESTINO and The Bonze in MADAM BUTTERFLY.
In 2014 he returned to OPERA AUSTRALIA to sing Angelotti in TOSCA and sang Sarastro in the company’s touring production of THE MAGIC FLUTE, performances of which CANBERRA CRITICS’ CIRCLE wrote, …equally thrilling was Steven Gallop’s towering Sarastro. His voice as rich as warm treacle, Gallop commanded the stage on every appearance., while the CANBERRA TIMES said, Steven Gallop’s interpretation was majestic and the legacy of fine training. This was a consummate performance.
2015 included the role of Caspar in MELBOURNE OPERA’s production of DER FREISCHUTZ, the CLASSIC MELBOURNE reviewer writing, …the star of the evening was Steven Gallop… Exceptionally powerful singing and acting. Vocally and theatrically, Gallop would have been an asset to any company in this role., and AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW saying, Gallop dominated the stage whenever he appeared, and thrilled and chilled with his powerful voice and dynamic acting.
2015 also included further performances of Sarastro on tour for OPERA AUSTRALIA and the Commendatore in DON GIOVANNI for STATE OPERA OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
For OPERA AUSTRALIA during 2016 he appeared as Nourabad in THE PEARLFISHERS, performances of which SIMON PARRIS: MAN IN CHAIR reviewed, Of the four leads, the stand out is Steven Gallop in the featured role of Nourabad. Gallop has a masterfully assured stage presence, and sings with an unflinchingly strong clear bass., while the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD wrote, it was a luxury to cast as fine a singer as Steven Gallop as Nourabad. For the same company he also sang Wurm in LUISA MILLER and Bartolo in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO.
2017 included a return to the role of Bartolo for OPERA AUSTRALIA.
His engagements, during 2018, have included the role of King Marke in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE for MELBOURNE OPERA, SIMON PARRIS MAN IN A CHAIR reviewing, Magnificent as (Tristan and Isolde) are, it is all the more incredible that Australian bass, Steven Gallop can make such a huge impact as Marke… Gallop’s bass is in stellar form; controlled and unwavering, its dark lustre in attractive contrast to the lead pair., and THE AUSTRALIAN saying, … a booming Steven Gallop best taps the work’s plentiful vein of pathos…, while CONCERTONET wrote, ... Steven Gallop’s King Marke… strongly delivered and well-rounded portrayal… commanding stage presence… Mr Gallop… galvanising as the bereft King.
He will also return to The Bonze for OPERA AUSTRALIA in its touring production of MADAM BUTTERFLY.
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