Steven Wallace is known for his “brilliantly vibrant tenor voice” as noted by Broadwayworld.com. He has been reviewed in both the New York Times and Opera News and has been seen on stages in regional opera houses throughout The United States singing principal Lyric and Spinto roles. His expertise on stage and ability to embody the character he plays puts him in a different category as a singing actor, and not just a voice alone.
“He masters the requisite tonal brightness that Guiseppe Verdi's score calls for, imbuing his character with a realistic and charming innocence that comes from his growing up wealthy.” Review by-David Clarke
Steve Wallace as Alfredo Germont (2013)
Steve began his studies in his home state of Illinois before transferring to UNLV where He received training in voice with Dr. Alfonse Anderson who opened his mind up to the possibility of being an opera singer. After graduating from UNLV, Mr. Wallace took a detour from the operatic performance path. Being that he is a multi-talented composer, arranger, instrumentalist and music producer/engineer in various genres, Steve moved to New York City where he worked with a plethora of local talent in the area, performed at all of the premiere venues as a singer/songwriter, as well as working with Sony Music, Universal Records, MTV and BET gaining much exposure and becoming the “go to” person for production, arrangement and music direction with bands, leading him to be in the running for Grammy Award nominations in 2010. While teaching voice lessons at The Brooklyn Music School, Steve would still sing arias between students or to demonstrate a technique. The head of the vocal department heard him and encouraged Mr. Wallace to pursue a career in Classical Voice. This led Steve to begin singing for local coaches and auditioning for programs and regional companies in NYC. Making this move offered the opportunities for singing recitals overseas, a role in Don Giovanni with The Bronx Opera and ultimately back to school for a Masters in Voice at DePaul University where he studied with the world-renowned Tenor Michael Sylvester.
Since then, Steve has coached with Nathan Gunn, Derek Matson (Lyric Opera of Chicago) as well as composers Thomas Pasatieri, premiering the song “I Hear America Singing,” and the Pulizer Prize winning Yehudi Wyner. He has also been directed on stages by Harry Silverstein and E. Loren Meeker, and has subsequently performed with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, The Skokie Valley Symphony as well as roles in La Boheme (Rodolfo), La Traviata (Alfredo), Carmen (Don Jose) and Cavalleria Rusticana (Turiddu). He has also had the chance of reviving H.L. Freeman’s long lost opera Voodoo in 2015 and performing the lead role in the U.S. premiere of the Filipino Opera Noli Me Tangere by Fillipe De Leon, sung in Tagalog at the Harris Theater in Chicago in 2012. Steve presently resides in New York City with his wife and daughter where he lives as a composer, performer, and music director.