Remembering Stephen Gould

Stephen Gould, the world-renowned tenor, passed away on September 19 in Chesapeake, Virginia. After withdrawing from  scheduled appearances at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany over the summer, Gould announced that he had been diagnosed with incurable bile duct cancer. He was 61.

A leading interpreter of Wagner, Stephen Gould performed regularly at Bayreuth, where he was hailed as the “Wagner Marathon Man.” Following a musical theater stint which included a Broadway touring production of The Phantom of the Opera, Gould developed as a heldentenor. This rare operatic tenor voice type, celebrated for its clarity and endurance, is associated with heroic Wagnerian roles.

Gould’s extraordinary vocal gifts are on display in these two recordings:

Wagner: Die Walküre, “Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond”

In the opera’s first act, Siegmund promises to free Sieglinde from a forced marriage to Hunding. Soon, Siegmund and Sieglinde realize that they are siblings. As moonlight floods the scene, Siegmund embraces love and the blossoming of springtime.

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, “O König, das kann ich dir nicht sagen”

In this excerpt from the second act, Tristan bids farewell to Isolde, and prepares for death. Isolde promises to follow into the realm of the night. In the final moments, Tristan throws his sword aside, and allows himself to be stabbed by Melot.


Featured Image: photograph by Timm Schamberger

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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