"This distinguished bass-baritone, whose stage manner is sober and unshowy, colours his voice with effortless pinpoint precision, calibrating emotion in every note, every breath, every silence."
(Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian)
Born in Dresden, Stephan was an early winner of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. He has given recitals throughout the world, including Wigmore Hall, London, Carnegie Hall, New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Klavierfestival Ruhr, La Monnaie, Brussels, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Santiago de Compostela and the Vocal Arts Series in Washington with pianists Roger Vignoles, Simon Lepper, Alexander Schmalcz and Eugene Asti.
Plans this season and beyond include Beethoven Mass in C with the CBSO and Olari Eits; Haydn The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Bach St Matthew Passion with The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, AAM and Stephen Cleobury and also with the Munich Bach Choir and in Poland with The Gabrieli Consort; Argenio in Handel Imeneo (European tour) with The AAM and recitals in Madrid with Roger Vignoles (Brahms Magelone Lieder), at Wigmore Hall with Simon Lepper and a Schubert programme with Sholto Kynoch for the Oxford Lieder Festival.
Concerts have included Bach Mass in B Minor in Leipzig with The English Concert; Britten War Requiem with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Mauregato in Schubert Alfonso und Estrella with the Mozarteum Orchester, Salzburg and Ivor Bolton; Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ with BBC Concert and English Chamber Orchestras; Mendelssohn Walpurgisnacht in Florence; Handel L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato with Capella Cracoviensis and Paul McCreesh; Haydn Creation with the Iceland Symphony and Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestras; Haydn Die Jahreszeiten with the Semperoper Dresden; Bruckner Requiem with The Northern Sinfonia; Saariaho The Tempest Songbook with Scharoun Ensemble at Philharmonie Köln; Mozart "Coronation" Mass and Haydn Stabat Mater with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Fabio Biondi; and regular appearances with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, including Brahms Vier Ernste Gesänge and Schubert lieder arrangements.
Stephan has sung Bach Cantatas with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Passions with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh (also recorded for DG). He made his Proms debut in 2002 in St Matthew Passion with Trevor Pinnock and has since sung it with many period and modern orchestras including the Munich Bach Choir, The Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He recently sang St John Passion with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Christmas Oratorio with the Russian National Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski.
Opera appearances include a new opera by Francesconi, Wolfram Tannhäuser and Papageno Die Zauberflöte at La Monnaie, Brussels; Maximillian in Bernstein Candide at the Berlin Staatsoper; James Macmillan Parthenogenesis for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Count Le Nozze di Figaro, Schaunard La Bohème, Mercutio in Gounod Roméo et Juliette and Demitrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera North; Moritz in Mernier Frühlings Erwachen at the Opera National du Rhin and, in concert, the Count Capriccio and Bill The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Edinburgh Festival and Ottokar Der Freischütz with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis.
Stephan was a member of the Dresden Kreuzchor before studying at the Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.