Stephen Gould, an esteemed American heldentenor, passed away on September 19, 2023, at the age of 61 in Chesapeake, Virginia, due to bile duct cancer.
His agent, Stephanie Ammann, verified his passing in Virginia on a Tuesday, although additional particulars were not promptly accessible.
Earlier, on August 25, 2023, he declared his retirement from singing, citing “health reasons” and canceling three significant roles at the Bayreuth Festival.
Furthermore, on September 5, 2023, he openly shared his diagnosis of terminal bile duct carcinoma on his personal website.
Stephen Gould Cuase of Death (tenor)
According to information from the Mayo Clinic, in the early stages of biliary tract cancer, symptoms are typically absent. Often, this type of cancer is discovered incidentally, such as during routine blood tests or imaging for unrelated medical issues.
Stephen Gould, a heroic tenor, graced many of the world’s renowned opera stages. In 2006, he had a remarkable debut at Bayreuth in Richard Wagner’s “Ring” cycle, receiving enthusiastic acclaim throughout the demanding four-night performance.
The Associated Press characterized him as “a naturally captivating performer, displaying unusual athleticism and youthful energy that perfectly suited the role of the teenage hero” during his portrayal in the third “Ring” installment, “Siegfried.”