Ronald Stevens

born 1940 Los Angeles

Picture of Ronald Stevens

He had trained for opera at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles), and sung a bit as "Ron" Stevens (a November 1970 Traviata at San Diego Opera is on record, where he sang Gastone), but soon found himself as a nightclub singer in Reno, and then in Las Vegas. When the topless "Viva Les Girls" revue of which he was part was booked for a six months tour to Australia, he stayed down under after the "Girls" had returned to Las Vegas. The Australian Opera advertised for singers, he applied, and was accepted. Soon adopted into the Bonynge-Sutherland circle, he sang several productions with them, of belcanto operas which also made their way on records. But in fact, he regarded very different kinds of music as his specialty, and thought of Peter Grimes, Danilo and Eisenstein as his best roles.

After 17 years in Australia, he returned to California, and sang again with San Diego Opera, at least once: Eisenstein in March 1991.

Reference 1, reference 2: Los Angeles Times, 2 March 1991

Ronald Stevens sings Norma: In mia man, with Joan Sutherland
In RA format
Another vintage tenor of Richard Bonynge.

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