Biography of Keith Bernard Stonum

After completing his Bachelor studies with J. Stephen King at the Shepherd School of Music at in Houston, Texas, Keith Bernard Stonum was awarded a Wagoner Fellowship to study German language and culture at Leuphana Universität in Lüneburg, and art song and technique with teacher Neumar de Kanel-Starling in Wiesbaden, Germany. After his fellowship, he remained in Germany to begin a Master course at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main with Prof. Hedwig Fassbender. 

While still a student, Keith Bernard Stonum gained performance experience in productions such as Tilman Knabe’s Adelasia ed Aleramo (J.S. Mayr, cond. Andreas Spering) with the Bayerische Theaterakademie, in Dominick Wilgenbus’ Don Giovanni (W.A. Mozart, cond. Bruno Weil) with the Junge Oper Schloss Weikersheim, at Theater Aachen in the world premiere of Anno Schreier’s Prinzessin im Eis, and in an exciting concert collaboration with Teodor Currentzis as Tenor Soloist in Hans Zender’s Winterreise at the Athens Festival. 

In 2014, upon completing his studies, he joined the International Opera Studio at the Cologne Opera, singing Freddy in My Fair Lady and Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia. After completing his training with the opera studio, he guested at Theater Aachen as Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and as Vasek in Die Verkaufte Braut, at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden in the world premiere of Schönerland (Eichberg), Opera de Toulon as Pedrillo, and at the Oper im Steinbruch as Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte (W.A. Mozart, cond. Karsten Januschke). 

Since 2018, Keith Bernard Stonum has been a part of the opera ensemble at Staatstheater Darmstadt, and has been featured as The Hunter in Rusalka (Smetana, cond. Daniel Cohen), Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos (R. Strauss, cond. Hartmut Keil), and Monostatos (cond. Ruben Dubrovsky).

Keith Bernard has been featured as singing actor in a number of productions at Schauspiel Frankfurt. In 2014, while still a student, he collaborated with director Schorsch Kamerun on Frankfurter Rendezvous, in 2017 he worked with composer Ari Benjamin Meyers to develop and perform incidental and dramatic music for Ulrich Rasche’s Sieben gegen Theben/Antigone, and in 2018, he sang excerpts from Schubert’s Winterreise in Anselm Webers poignant stage adaptation of Anna Seghers’ Das Siebte Kreuz, also accompanying the production on tour to Dresden.

Keith Bernard Stonum is a passionate concert singer and has an affinity to the works of J. S. Bach and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. His concert repertoire includes Bach’s WeihnachtsoratorumMaginificat, and a number of cantatas. He has performed as Tenor Soloist Mendelssohn’s EliasPaulus, and Walpürgisnacht.  In 2016, while a member of the Cologne Opera studio, as Artistic Director of the “Klassik im Club” concert series, he sang late-night performances of his solo song recital Poison Songs and the Tenor Soloist in Bach’s Kaffeekantate.