Rickards, Steven , accomplished American countertenor; b. Pottstown, Pa., Sept. 19, 1955. He was a student of Russel Oberlin at Oberlin (Ohio) Coll. (1976), of Elizabeth Mannion and Paul Matthen at Indian Univ. (B.Mus.Ed., 1979; M.M., 1984), of Sir Peter Pears at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh (1981), at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (diplomas in singing, 1982, and opera performance, 1983), and of Roy Delp at Fla. State Univ. in Tallahassee (1989–93). While still a student, he was chosen to create the role of Marat in the premiere of Eaton’s Danton and Robespierre in Bloomington, Ind., in 1979. He won the countertenor prize at the ’s-Hertogenbosch Competition and 2nd prize at the Royal Tunbridge Wells Competition in 1982, and then took 2nd prize at the Oratorio Soc. of N.Y. Competition in 1985. In 1985 he sang Egeo in the U.S. premiere of Handel’s Teseo in Boston and created the role of Trinculo in the premiere of Eaton’s The Tempest at the Santa Fe Opera. From 1985 to 1989 he sang with Chanticleer throughout the U.S. and Europe. He portrayed Apollo in Britten’s Death in Venice with the Opera Co. of Philadelphia in 1988. After appearing as Medarse in the U.S. premiere of Handel’s Siroe in N.Y. in 1990, he sang Alcandro in Hasse’s L’Olimpiade at the Semper Opera in Dresden in 1992. He commissioned and gave the first performance of Ladislav Kubik’s Der Weg in 1993 in Prague. In 1997 he sang St. Francis Xavier in Zipoli’s San Ignacio de Loyola in Boston. From 1997 to 1999 he toured with Hillier’s Theatre of Voices. In addition to his esteemed interpretations of Buxtehude, Bach, Handel, Purcell, and Dowland, Rickards has won distinction for his performances of scores by contemporary composers, among them Britten and Part.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire
"Rickards, Steven." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Encyclopedia.com. (April 21, 2019). https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/rickards-steven
"Rickards, Steven." Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. . Retrieved April 21, 2019 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/rickards-steven
Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.
Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:
Modern Language Association
The Chicago Manual of Style
American Psychological Association
- Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
- In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.