Stephen Salters’s passionate and impeccably articulated performances of a wide range of repertoire have won him acclaim throughout Europe, the UK, Asia, and the United States. Boston audiences have seen Mr. Salters in all musical mediums—recital, oratorio, opera, and orchestral soloist. In opera, he created the title role in Elena Ruehr’s Toussaint Before the Spirits for Opera Boston where the Boston Globe called his performance “Astounding…Salters is a fearless and exhaustingly honest performer and a thrilling singer.” Recent highlights include the world premiere of Dan Sonenberg’s The Summer King as the lead baseball player Josh Gibson, performed in Portland, Maine and New York City as part of AOP workshops; presentations for Opera America; singing Orfeo in Orvieto in a gorgeous production by Karin Coonrod and John Conklin; a Seattle premiere of Fortune’s Bones written by Ysaye Barnwell expressly for Mr. Salters, and Odyssey Opera’s first production, Richard Wagner’s monumental Rienzi. On the opera stage, with over 30 roles to his credit, he excels equally in contemporary works and standard repertory.
In the last 20 months, Mr. Salters appeared on several newly released CDs in world premiere performances, including the Grammy-nominated CD of William Bolcom’s Billy in the Darbies, written for Mr. Salters and The Lark String Quartet (Released January 2014); Elena Ruehr’s Averno and Gospel Cha Cha with the Trinity Choir and Nova orchestra, and SPIRIT, A Spirituals CD, recorded in Wagner’s illustrious musical home of Bayreuth (Spring Release 2015). Yet another project is on the horizon: a solo opera CD. stephensalters.com