Dr. Stephen Rumph has sung leading tenor roles throughout the Puget Sound area and beyond. The Tacoma News Tribune called his singing “soaringly beautiful, unspeakably tender as Puccini should be.” The San Francisco Classical Voice wrote that his “incisive, well-controlled tenor was joined to lovely legato phrasing,” and the San Francisco Chronicle reported that he “launched into the vocal stratosphere fearlessly, with excellent results."
Recent credits include Faust (Mefistofele) and Hoffmann in The Tales of Hoffmann with Pacific Northwest Opera, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Danilo in The Merry Widow with Tacoma Opera, and Father in Together with Seattle Opera Creation Lab.
Concert work includes the tenor solos in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, and Bozeman Symphonies and Mozart's Requiem with Northwest Sinfonietta and Thalia Symphony.
Dr. Rumph is Chair of Music History at the University of Washington School of Music and the author of Beethoven After Napoleon (2004), Mozart and Enlightenment Semiotics (2011), and The Fauré Song Cycles (2020).