Dr Stephen Mould

Senior Lecturer in Conducting and Opera Studies

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Stephen Mould is Senior Lecturer in Conducting and Operatic Studies. His interests include opera coaching, opera repetiteurship and conducting – operatic, symphonic and choral. Research interests embrace most areas of opera practice and conducting, in particular his current research examines the notion of opera curation – the formation & preservation of the operatic repertoire in the modern opera house.

Stephen Mould studied in Sydney (SCM) London (RAM) and in Dublin (Janos Fürst); Sienna (Gennadi Rozhdestvensky); Vienna (Weiner Meisterkurse); and Dartington (Diego Masson). His career has included association with the following opera houses – English National Opera; Opéra Marseille; Lyric Opera of Queensland (Head of Music 1988/89); Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück; Théâtre de la Monnaie, Bruxelles; Oper Frankfurt (Musical Assistant and Assistant to the Music Director, Sylvain Cambreling); The Australian Opera/Opera Australia (1996-2010) (Coach, conductor, Principal Repetiteur, Head of Music (2003-2008). State Opera of South Australia (two Ring Cycles (1998 Tate/2003-4 Fisch) and Parsifal (2000); Baltimore Opera, Merryland, USA (conductor, Madama Butterfly); and the following festivals – Eutin, Brombach (Germany); Spoleto (Italy); Macau; Sydney (La Vida Breve 1998, Elektra 2000); Melbourne (Die Frau ohne Schatten 1996); and Brisbane.

He has collaborated with the following conductors: Philippe Augin, Michael Boder, Richard Bonynge, Sylvain Cambreling, Carlo Felice Cillario, John Fiore, Ascher Fisch, Peter Gülke, Vernon Handley, Richard Hickox, Christopher Hogwood, Gustav Kühn, Andrea Licata, Sir Charles Mackerras, Gabor Ötvos, Antonio Pappano, Trevor Pinnock, Jeffrey Tate, Edo da Waart, Sebastian Weigle, Simone Young, and Hans Zender. In Australasia Stephen Mould has worked with the following organisations: Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Queensland Symphony, Symphony Australia, Canberra Symphony, Philharmonia Choirs, Auckland Philharmonic, NZSO, Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, SBS Youth Orchestra, Queensland Philhamonia Orchestra, and the Adelaide Arts Orchestra. Additionally Stephen Mould has been active as a Lieder accompanist with many notable singers, both in Australia and Europe, including the inaugural recital for the Melbourne Recital Hall, with Susan Bullock.

Educational activites: Guest conductor/lecturer (incl. Masterclasses) with Frankfurter Musikhochschule (1994-6); Würzburg Musikhochschule (1995); Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2002-2008); Victorian College of the Arts (2000-2008); Brisbane Conservatorium of Music (1988-90); lecturer and recitalist Opera Frankfurt; Symphony Australia; The Wagner Society, Sydney; Sydney Operatic Society; 2MBSFM .

Research interests

Stephen Mould’s interests cover most aspects of opera, choral and orchestral music from historical, philosophical and performance-practical perspectives, covering broadly the eighteenth century until the present day.

Specific areas include: the rise of the conductor from the mid-nineteenth century; Gustav Mahler (particularly as a conductor); Richard Wagner (all aspects); Mozart reception; performance practice, in particular the impact of historically aware performance upon the conducting profession, including aspects of authenticity, Werktreue and Retuschen; the analytic and historical background to the conducted repertoire.

Stephen Mould also has published in the area of the visual arts, since 2005 his interest being specifically focused upon émigré artists who migrated to Australia in the wake of WW2, and their ongoing legacy. He has published on the lives and work of two of these artists, Dušan Marek and his brother Voitre (Vojtech) Marek.

Teaching and supervision

Opera – coaching (singers), repetiteurship, opera productions. Ensemble studies.

Conducting – opera conducting (Masters Course), conducting, historical and analytical (Masters Course).

Supervision – on a broad range of interests and topics.

Awards and honours

1990 Phillip and Myrtle Foster Award for a repetiteur, Australian Singing Competition.

1998 Bayreuth Scholarship

1999 Opera and Arts Support Group Scholarship

2015 Projects

12/14/16/17 October 2015: Opera School, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Malcolm Williamson : English Eccentrics (conductor)

26/27 September 2015: Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Kats-Chernin – Mythic; Schumann - Cello Concerto (Ruben Palma, cello); Solomon Frank – Spectre (world premiere); Beethoven – Symphony No. 8. (conductor).

28 March 2015: Sydney Youth Orchestra. Howes – Cathedra (world premiere); Sutton – War Horse Suite (Australian premiere); Brahms – Double Concerto (with Dimity Hall and Julian Smiles); Debussy La Mer. (conductor).

2014 Projects

December, 2014: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington. Handel – Messiah (conductor), New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Orpheus Choir.

July, 2014: QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane. Sunday Series Opera Gala Concert (conductor), with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

3 July, 2014 and 28 May, 2014: Verbrugghen Hall (SCM). "Great Australian Wagnerians in Recital" (Music Director and piano accompanist) with Deborah Humble, Warwick Fyfe and Luke Spicer. Was broadcast by Fine Music.

June, 2014: The Concourse Theatre, Willoughby. Berlioz - Romeo and Juliette, (assistant conductor) Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Milton conductor.

February, 2014: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House. R. Strauss – Elektra (musical assistant). Sydney Symphony Orchestra, David Robinson conductor.

In 2014 invited to, and submitted biographies of Dušan Marek (1926-1993) and Voitre Marek (1919-1999) for the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ANU, Canberra).

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Mould, S. (2008). The birth of love : Dusan and Voitre Marek, artist brothers in Czechoslovakia and post-war Australia. South Australia: Moon Arrow Press.

Journals

  • Mould, S. (2014). Fidelity to 'fidelio': The convention of unwritten appoggiaturas in Beethoven's only opera. Music and Letters, 95(1), 17-38. [More Information]
  • Mould, S. (2007). Dusan Marek: a Landlocked Czech Surrealist in the Antipodes. Papers of Surrealism, (6), 1-19.

Music

  • Mould, S., Blackwood, S., Conservatorium Opera, S., Conservatorium Orchestra, S. (2014). The Old Maid and the Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti and The Impressario (Der Schauspieldirektor) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Old Maid and the Thief and The Impressario. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Mould, S., Willoughby Orchestra and Choir, T. (2013). And the World was Finally Right. Inspired Beginnings. Concert Hall on the Concourse, Sydney, Australia: Willoughby Council.
  • Mould, S. (2013). The Marriage of Figaro. Con Opera Presents The Marriage of Figaro. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • McEwan, N., Mould, S. (2013). War Requiem, Op.66. Britten's War Requiem. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Mould, S. (2012). Daisy Bates at Ooldea. Spring Chamber Opera | Daisy Bates at Ooldea. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Mould, S. (2012). Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphee aux enfers). Mainstage Opera | Orpheus in the Underworld. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Queensland Symphony Orchestra, T., Mould, S. (2011). Cosi fan Tutte (conductor). Cosi Fan Tutte. Conservatorium Theatre, QCGU, Southbank, Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Opera Queensland.
  • Mould, S., Carbo, J., La Spina, R. (2010). Resonate 2010 - Mighty Voices, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia: Art Gallery Society NSW.
  • Mould, S., SBS Youth, O. (2010). 33rd Annual Highlights of Opera. 33rd Annual Highlights of Opera. Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, Australia: Australian Opera Auditions Committee.
  • Mould, S., Bubinsky, G., Virag, S., Commisso, D. (2010). European Easter Concert. European Easter Concert. St Andrews Cathedral, Sydney, Australia: Sylvia Virag.
  • Mould, S., Opera Australia., Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. (2010). Le Nozze di Figaro. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: Opera Australia.
  • Mould, S., Bullock, S. (2009). Melbourne Recital Centre Opening, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Recital Centre.
  • Mould, S. (2009). 1. Midsummer Nights Dream 2. The Spectre's Bride. The Spectre's Bride. Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney, Australia: Willoughby City Council.
  • Mould, S. (2009). Albert Herring. Conductors' Series - Albert Herring. Music Workshop, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Dorigo, N., Mould, S., Luther, S., Rositano, L., Halligan, S. (2009). II Signor Bruschino. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Mould, S., Bullock, S. (2009). Opus '09 No1 *No program*. Melbourne Recital Centre In association with Opera Australia presents Susan Bullock. Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Recital Centre.
  • Mailman, D., Silver, S., Garburg, G., Mould, S., Orchestra, U. (2009). The Little Mermaid. The Little Mermaid. Opera House, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Opera House.
  • Mould, S., Hickox, R. (2008). Carmen. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: Opera Australia.
  • Mould, S. (2008). Madama Butterfly. Lyric Opera House, Maryland, United States of America: Baltimore Opera Company.
  • Mould, S. (2006). 1. Cavalleria Rusticana 2. I Pagliacci. Macao Cultural Centre, Macao, Afghanistan: Baltimore Opera Company.
  • Mould, S. (2005). 1. Il Signor Bruschino 2. La Voix Humaine. The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia: Opera Australia.
  • Tate, J., Neidhardt, E., Mould, S., Hanysz, A., The State Opera Chorus, T., Prince Alfred College Chapel Choir, P., St Peter's Cathedral Choir, S., Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, A. (2001). Parsifal. Parsifal by Richard Wagner. Adelaide Festival Theatre, Adelaide, Australia: State Opera South Australia.

Recorded / Rendered Performance

  • Mould, S. (2008). 1. La Boheme: O soave fanciulla; Che gelida manina; Si, mi chiamano Mimi; Donde lieta usci 2.Tosca: Recondita armonia; E lucevan le stelle; Ah, qugli occhi! 3.Le Villi: Se come voi piccina 4.La Fanciulla Del West: Ch'ella mi creda libera e lontano; Crisantemi 5.La Rondine: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta 6.Turandot: Nessun dorma 7.Madama Butterfly: Un bel di; Viene la sera. On Puccini Romance, CD, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classics.
  • Mould, S. (2005). 1.Il Signor Bruschino 2.La Voix Humaine. On Il Signor Bruschino and La Voix Humaine, Radio Broadcast, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic FM.

Exhibitions / Events

  • Mould, S. (2016). DUSAN MAREK: art/film post 1960. Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney Art Gallery.

2016

  • Mould, S. (2016). DUSAN MAREK: art/film post 1960. Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney Art Gallery.

2014

  • Mould, S. (2014). Fidelity to 'fidelio': The convention of unwritten appoggiaturas in Beethoven's only opera. Music and Letters, 95(1), 17-38. [More Information]
  • Mould, S., Blackwood, S., Conservatorium Opera, S., Conservatorium Orchestra, S. (2014). The Old Maid and the Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti and The Impressario (Der Schauspieldirektor) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Old Maid and the Thief and The Impressario. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2013

  • Mould, S., Willoughby Orchestra and Choir, T. (2013). And the World was Finally Right. Inspired Beginnings. Concert Hall on the Concourse, Sydney, Australia: Willoughby Council.
  • Mould, S. (2013). The Marriage of Figaro. Con Opera Presents The Marriage of Figaro. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • McEwan, N., Mould, S. (2013). War Requiem, Op.66. Britten's War Requiem. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2012

  • Mould, S. (2012). Daisy Bates at Ooldea. Spring Chamber Opera | Daisy Bates at Ooldea. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Mould, S. (2012). Orpheus in the Underworld (Orphee aux enfers). Mainstage Opera | Orpheus in the Underworld. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2011

  • Queensland Symphony Orchestra, T., Mould, S. (2011). Cosi fan Tutte (conductor). Cosi Fan Tutte. Conservatorium Theatre, QCGU, Southbank, Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Opera Queensland.

2010

  • Mould, S., Carbo, J., La Spina, R. (2010). Resonate 2010 - Mighty Voices, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia: Art Gallery Society NSW.
  • Mould, S., SBS Youth, O. (2010). 33rd Annual Highlights of Opera. 33rd Annual Highlights of Opera. Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney, Australia: Australian Opera Auditions Committee.
  • Mould, S., Bubinsky, G., Virag, S., Commisso, D. (2010). European Easter Concert. European Easter Concert. St Andrews Cathedral, Sydney, Australia: Sylvia Virag.
  • Mould, S., Opera Australia., Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. (2010). Le Nozze di Figaro. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: Opera Australia.

2009

  • Mould, S., Bullock, S. (2009). Melbourne Recital Centre Opening, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Recital Centre.
  • Mould, S. (2009). 1. Midsummer Nights Dream 2. The Spectre's Bride. The Spectre's Bride. Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney, Australia: Willoughby City Council.
  • Mould, S. (2009). Albert Herring. Conductors' Series - Albert Herring. Music Workshop, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Dorigo, N., Mould, S., Luther, S., Rositano, L., Halligan, S. (2009). II Signor Bruschino. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Mould, S., Bullock, S. (2009). Opus '09 No1 *No program*. Melbourne Recital Centre In association with Opera Australia presents Susan Bullock. Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne Recital Centre.
  • Mailman, D., Silver, S., Garburg, G., Mould, S., Orchestra, U. (2009). The Little Mermaid. The Little Mermaid. Opera House, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Opera House.

2008

  • Mould, S. (2008). 1. La Boheme: O soave fanciulla; Che gelida manina; Si, mi chiamano Mimi; Donde lieta usci 2.Tosca: Recondita armonia; E lucevan le stelle; Ah, qugli occhi! 3.Le Villi: Se come voi piccina 4.La Fanciulla Del West: Ch'ella mi creda libera e lontano; Crisantemi 5.La Rondine: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta 6.Turandot: Nessun dorma 7.Madama Butterfly: Un bel di; Viene la sera. On Puccini Romance, CD, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classics.
  • Mould, S., Hickox, R. (2008). Carmen. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: Opera Australia.
  • Mould, S. (2008). Madama Butterfly. Lyric Opera House, Maryland, United States of America: Baltimore Opera Company.
  • Mould, S. (2008). The birth of love : Dusan and Voitre Marek, artist brothers in Czechoslovakia and post-war Australia. South Australia: Moon Arrow Press.

2007

  • Mould, S. (2007). Dusan Marek: a Landlocked Czech Surrealist in the Antipodes. Papers of Surrealism, (6), 1-19.

2006

  • Mould, S. (2006). 1. Cavalleria Rusticana 2. I Pagliacci. Macao Cultural Centre, Macao, Afghanistan: Baltimore Opera Company.

2005

  • Mould, S. (2005). 1. Il Signor Bruschino 2. La Voix Humaine. The Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia: Opera Australia.
  • Mould, S. (2005). 1.Il Signor Bruschino 2.La Voix Humaine. On Il Signor Bruschino and La Voix Humaine, Radio Broadcast, Sydney, Australia: ABC Classic FM.

2001

  • Tate, J., Neidhardt, E., Mould, S., Hanysz, A., The State Opera Chorus, T., Prince Alfred College Chapel Choir, P., St Peter's Cathedral Choir, S., Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, A. (2001). Parsifal. Parsifal by Richard Wagner. Adelaide Festival Theatre, Adelaide, Australia: State Opera South Australia.

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