Danish bass Stephen Milling (Fafner) made his critically acclaimed debut at the 2015 Bayreuth Festival as Hagen in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung led by Kirill Petrenko. Mr. Milling has been acclaimed for his performances as Gurnemanz in Wagner’s Parsifal, which he has performed at the Vienna Staatsoper under Simon Rattle, at the Salzburg Festival under Christian Thielemann, and on DVD for Deutsche Grammophone. His other Wagnerian highlights include Hunding in Die Walküre at The Metropolitan Opera; Fasolt in Das Rheingold at the BBC; King Marke in Tristan und Isolde at the Berlin Staatsoper, Vienna Staatsoper, and with the Los Angeles and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras; Daland in The Flying Dutchman at the Bavarian Staatsoper; and both Landgraf in Tannhäuser and Viet Pogner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
Mr. Milling’s recent performances include Philip II in Verdi’s Don Carlos at San Francisco Opera and Opera National du Rhin, Rocco in Beethoven’s Fidelio at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Padre Guardiano in Verdi’s La forza del destino at Palau de les Artes in Valencia, Kaija Saariaho’s Adriana Mater at Opéra national de Paris, Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto at The Met, and Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at Royal Opera and the Vienna Staatsoper.
Trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Stephen Milling joined the Royal Danish Opera in 1994. His debuts at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala as Don Fernando in Fidelio and as Fasolt and Hunding in Seattle Opera’s Ring Cycle launched his international career.
Stephen Milling made his Berlin Philharmonic debut in the Verdi Requiem led by Mariss Jansons. His recordings include Les Troyens with the London Symphony Orchestra, led by Colin Davis, and DVDs of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, staged by La Fura dels Baus in Valencia, and The Copenhagen Ring, Tannhäuser, and Maskarade with Kasper Holten at the Royal Danish Opera.