After private vocal studies with Prof. Nellie du Toit baritone George Stevens, born in Cape Town, started his stage career in 1992 with the bass part of Selim in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia at the Cape Town Opera Company.
His opera debut was a major success and was broadcast live on television throughout South Africa. Engagements at all major opera houses of the country followed. Here he layed the foundation for his expansive opera repertory, among others Papageno in the Magic Fluet, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Figaro in Il Barbiere de Siviglia and in Le Nozze di Figaro, Tonio in Pagliacci, Alfio in Cavallería Rusticana, Escarmillo in Carmen and many other roles in his field.
In 1993 George Stevens participated in a Masterclass in Vienna with Kammersänger Wikus Slabbert and afterwards studied with Prof. Josef Metternich. He was chosen for the final concert of the Münchener Singschule at the Bayrischen Theater Akademie. His European opera debut started at the Bayrischen Staatstheater with the Bayrischen Staatsorchester. For this he was awarded the best critics.
Years of busy guest and concert performances followed in Europe and South Africa during which George Stevens acquired the entire repertory of messes and oratories in his field, including the Verdi Requiem under conductor Sir David Wilcox together with the London Bach Chor.