Reviews

Concert and Recital Reviews

Purcell Room, London

“… Tenor Steven Goulden’s recital in the Purcell Room was notable for excellent diction, seamless legato, magnificent breath control and for the sheer pleasure in making music.”

 
Assembly Rooms, Derby

“… The highlight for me was his splendid group of Peter Warlock songs. My Own Country and Sleep were very atmospheric and showed off wonderful pianissimo singing and Yarmouth Fair was an infectious finale to an excellent recital … Mr Goulden is a singer to watch!”

 
Carmina Burana, Hereford

“…Steven Goulden’s clear ringing tenor was ideal for the Swan’s music. Few tenors could sing high Ds with such ease … no falsetto here, just full-bodied singing.”

 
Judas Maccabaeus, Carmarthen – Carmarthen Times

“…The tenor voice of Steven Goulden is a very fine instrument. He tastefully decorated all his arias and showed that even a big voice can sing Handelian runs with pinpoint accuracy. This singer really knows how to sing recitatives, giving full meaning to every phrase – this is something very rare among singers of the younger generation. The highlight of the evening for me was ‘Sound an alarm’ – Mr Goulden would surely bring an army to its feet!”

 
Music in the Park, Yorkshire – Yorkshire Evening Post

“…Steven’s O sole mio had the audience singing along, and finished on a ringing top note – grand opera through to musicals just shows how wonderfully versatile this singer is.”
 
 

Opera Reviews

Steven Goulden in Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten
Steven Goulden as Peter Grimes

Peter Grimes, Mold, Flintshire, Wales

“…Steven Goulden gave a very moving performance as Britten’s tortured Peter Grimes, terrifying in his anger and heart wrenching in his sadness; his diction was excellent – he is a magnificent singer and actor.”

 
Il tabarro, Cardiff Festival – Musical Opinion and Opera Magazine

“…Steven Goulden was a strong Luigi – his ringing tenor was more than equal to the demands of Puccini’s taxing music – he is a very capable actor too!”

The Beggar’s Opera (Britten’s realisation), Cardiff – South Wales Echo

“…With brilliantly fluent movement around a set by David Rhys Powell which represented a bombed out Wren Church … There were performances to remember, especially from Steven Goulden who dominated as Macheath.”

 
The Magic Flute, Cardiff – Western Mail

“…Steven Goulden is a real actor-singer. He sang Tamino’s music beautifully, showing that he has a complete command of the Mozart style.”