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Stephen Gould was educated at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and began his career as a baritone before he made the transition to heldentenor. Following his initial engagement with the Landestheater in Linz he made his debut at the Bavarian Staatsoper in 2001; in 2004 he made his first appearance as Tannhäuser in Bayreuth and was immediately engaged there to perform Siegfried in The Ring in the summer festivals between 2006 and 2008. His performance calendar for 2010 includes engagements as Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer at the Metropolitan Opera, Parsifal at the Vienna Staatsoper, Lohengrin in Hamburg, and Tristan in Tokyo. Stephen Gould’s repertoire is not limited to German opera; he also performs such roles as Verdi’s Otello, Enée in Les Troyens, and Britten’s Peter Grimes. Among the conductors with whom Gould has collaborated are Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christian Thielemann, and Franz Welser-Möst.