Press Quotes


“serene baritone” (St Matthew Passion, Brooklyn Academy of Music) – New York Times

“le baryton Stephen Varcoe s’est toutefois attire ma sympathie, ne serait-ce que parce qu’il était le seul a chanter de mémoire. Sa voix, tellement souple, pouvait parfois acquérir une incroyable légèreté.” (Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Les Violons du Roy) – Le Soleil, Québec

“It was Stephen Varcoe’s impressive-sounding bass-baritone that really stood out among the rest.” (Bach’s St Matthew Passion, NZ Chamber Orchestra)– New Zealand Herald

“Varcoe’s singing as Apollo was brave and touching.” (Handel’s Apollo and Daphne, St Paul Chamber Orchestra) – St Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota

“Best of all was Stephen Varcoe’s hell-and-fire Pluto, who sang as if he meant every word, without deviating from impeccable period manners.” (Peri’s Euridice, Drottningholm) – Opera

“Varcoe demonstrated a fine sensitivity for the shape of the songs, and his superbly expressive voice, tuned to every nuance of so many rich numbers, projected strongly into every corner of St Johns.” (Percy Grainger Recital, St Johns, Smith Square) – British Music Society News

‘Stephen Varcoe – surely one of this country’s finest executants of English song’ – Jeremy Dibble (from his biography of Stanford)