Stephen Aviss was born and raised in Surrey. Following a degree in English Literature at University College London he trained in Stockholm at Opera Högskolan and then in London at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio.
For Royal Academy Opera, Stephen sang Christoph in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s opera ‘Kommilitonen’, Macheath in Weill’s ‘Die Dreigroschenoper’ and Lenski in ‘Eugene Onegin’.
Other roles include Fenton in Nicolai’s ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ (Surrey Opera), Ruggero (cover) in Puccini’s ‘La Rondine’ (British Youth Opera) and Alfredo in ‘La Traviata’ (European Chamber Opera, Iford Arts Festival, cover Opera North). Stephen has also sung in Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of ‘Billy Budd’ at Glyndebourne and in New York. Stephen sang Cavaradossi in ‘Tosca’ as part of the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre, London, reprising the role at the Celebrate Voice Festival in Salisbury. In 2016 Stephen was a Christine Collins Young Artist at Opera Holland Park, singing the role of Rodolfo in ‘La Boheme’ and has covered the role for English National Opera. For Opera Holland Park Stephen has also sung the role of Prunier in ‘La Rondine’ and Alfredo. For Winslow Hall Opera, Stephen sang Gustave in ‘Un ballo in maschera’.
Stephen has also performed many concerts internationally including at the Palace of Versailles, as well as opera galas in Beirut, Geneva, Paris and Stockholm. He has toured extensively in Sweden and Norway not only performing opera, but also lieder and song. Television work includes a performance of The Office, The Opera for BBC’s Comic Relief. A regular performer of oratorio, Stephen has sung Handel’s Samson, The Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Verdi’s Requiem.
In 2019 he sang excerpts from Alfredo for the Royal Opera’s ‘Traviata Reimagined’ and in the summer he was Edmondo in ‘Manon Lescaut’ for Opera Holland Park. In the autumn he covered and sang Cavaradossi at Scottish Opera. Last year’s performances cancelled due to Covid-19 included Camille in Opera Holland Park’s ‘The Merry Widow’. He returned there this year to sing Alfredo and is Lord Cecil in Chelsea Opera Group’s ‘Roberto Devereux’ this month. Next year he returns to Opera Holland Park.
“Stephen Aviss has a richly dark Italianate voice, which gave a nice robustness to Alfredo’s music. Yet Aviss’ performance was not without sophistication too, and I enjoyed the way that his voice had a nice evenness of timbre throughout its range, yet he avoided singing at full volume at all times. This Alfredo was straightforward and direct, reliable without much introspection so that the drama of Act Two comes as a surprise.”
“Alfredo, sung by the tenor, Stephen Aviss, produced a great ringing Italianate sound”