Dr Stephen Mould

Senior Lecturer in Conducting and Opera Studies

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Stephen Mould is a Senior Lecturer in Conducting, Opera Studies and Repetiteurship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and Artistic Director of the Conservatorium Opera.

He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium (B Mus, Grad Dip, Repetiteur) and Royal Academy of Music, London before commencing a career as repetiteur, musical assistant and conductor in opera houses in Germany, Belgium, London, USA, Asia and Australia. He was Assistant to the Music Director of Oper Frankfurt (1993-6), returning to Australia in 1996 where he held a number of key positions at Opera Australia, as conductor, musical assistant, and Head Of Music (2004 -8). He has conducted most state orchestras in Australia along with the major orchestras in New Zealand, been engaged by the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Festivals as well as working for most of the State opera companies in Australia, including State Opera of South Australia, assisting on both Wagner Ring Cycles, Parsifal and retaining an association with that company as conductor. He joined the faculty at Sydney University in 2009, and completed his dissertation, Curating Opera in 2016.

His research activities centre upon opera and conducting, with a focus from the mid-eighteenth century until the present day. Interests include the history of opera and the rise of the conductor, along with performance practice-based research across both areas; the developing role of the conductor from the late nineteenth century; Richard Wagner; Mozart reception; Gustav Mahler as conductor and opera practitioner; the impact of historically aware performance practice upon the conducting profession; aspects of authenticity, Werktreue and Retuschen; the historical background to the conducted repertoire are all central areas of teaching and research. His teaching of conducting incorporates the study of the marked scores of iconic conductors of the past. The collection and study of such material forms the core of his current research.

His book, Curating Opera is awaiting publication, and he is currently at work on his next, Reading Conductors. He has also published in the area of the visual arts, including a monograph on the lives of Dušan and Voitre Marek, two émigré surrealist artists who migrated to Australia in the wake of WW2. This area of study is an ongoing field of study for Dr Mould.

Recent and current HDR students have worked on Retuschen in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony; The role of ambiguity in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw; The future role for opera in defining new cultural contexts; and the developing role of the conductor in nineteenth century Italy.

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 Professional Practice

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).


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.

Textual Creative Works

  • Mould, S. (2017). 1. CD review: Enoch Arden, Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson, Music by Richard Strauss, Gesange der Fruhe by Robert Schumann. Simon Tedeschi (piano) and John Bell (narrator). 2. Program notes for Verdi Spectacular (Nov 2017, State Opera of South Australia). 3. Program notes for The Merry Widow (November 2017, Opera Australia). CD Review, Opera Program notes, Sydney, Australia: Opera Australia.

Music

  • Mould, S. (2017). Verdi Spectacular, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, Australia: State Opera of South Australia.
  • Mould, S. (2017). The Magic Flute. The Magic Flute. Music Workshop, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Mould, S. (2016). Puccini Spectacular, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, Australia: State Opera of South Australia.
  • Mould, S. (2016). Cudmirrah Fanfare II by Nigel Westlake; Symphony in B minor, 'Unfinished' by Franz Schubert; Symphony No 9 in D minor by Ludwig van Beethoven. ACTEWAGL Llewellan Series/02. Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Canberra, Australia: Canberra Symphony Orchestra, in association with Opera Australia.
  • Mould, S. (2016). Symphony No. 35 IN D K 385 (Haffner) by W.A. Mozart; House Music by Matthew Hindson; Symphony No 6. by Carl Nielsen. Willoughby Symphony Brilliance 2016. The Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney, Australia: Willoughby Symphony/Willoughby City Council.
  • 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. (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. University Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia: The University of Sydney.

2017

  • Mould, S. (2017). Verdi Spectacular, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, Australia: State Opera of South Australia.
  • Mould, S. (2017). 1. CD review: Enoch Arden, Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson, Music by Richard Strauss, Gesange der Fruhe by Robert Schumann. Simon Tedeschi (piano) and John Bell (narrator). 2. Program notes for Verdi Spectacular (Nov 2017, State Opera of South Australia). 3. Program notes for The Merry Widow (November 2017, Opera Australia). CD Review, Opera Program notes, Sydney, Australia: Opera Australia.
  • Mould, S. (2017). The Magic Flute. The Magic Flute. Music Workshop, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2016

  • Mould, S. (2016). Puccini Spectacular, Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide, Australia: State Opera of South Australia.
  • Mould, S. (2016). Cudmirrah Fanfare II by Nigel Westlake; Symphony in B minor, 'Unfinished' by Franz Schubert; Symphony No 9 in D minor by Ludwig van Beethoven. ACTEWAGL Llewellan Series/02. Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Canberra, Australia: Canberra Symphony Orchestra, in association with Opera Australia.
  • Mould, S. (2016). DUSAN MAREK: art/film post 1960. University Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia: The University of Sydney.
  • Mould, S. (2016). Symphony No. 35 IN D K 385 (Haffner) by W.A. Mozart; House Music by Matthew Hindson; Symphony No 6. by Carl Nielsen. Willoughby Symphony Brilliance 2016. The Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney, Australia: Willoughby Symphony/Willoughby City Council.

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. (2001). Parsifal. Parsifal by Richard Wagner. Adelaide Festival Theatre, Adelaide, Australia: State Opera South Australia.

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