Born in Dresden, Stephan was an early winner of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. He has given recitals throughout the world, including regular appearances at Wigmore Hall, London as well as Carnegie Hall, New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vienna Konzerthaus, Klavierfestival Ruhr, La Monnaie Brussels, Musée d’Orsay Paris, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Santiago de Compostela, BBC Radio 3 and the Vocal Arts Series in Washington with pianists Roger Vignoles, Simon Lepper, Iain Burnside, Alexander Schmalcz, Eugene Asti and Llyr Williams.
Plans this season and beyond include returning to the Theater an der Wien to sing Sprecher Die Zauberflöte with René Jacobs, a role he will repeat at Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse; and creating the roles of the Blind Man/Alphonse in the world première of Mark Grey’s Frankenstein. He returns to give recitals at Wigmore Hall and the Oxford Lieder Festival, as well as the Rhine Valley Music Festival. His forthcoming concerts include Bach Easter Oratorio with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh and Bach Christmas Oratorio with Vladimir Jurowski.
Concerts have included Britten War Requiem with Melbourne and Sapporo Symphony Orchestras; Mauregato in Schubert Alfonso und Estrella with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchester and Ivor Bolton; Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Robin Ticciati; Haydn Creation with the Iceland Symphony and Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestras and Potsdammer Kammerakademie and Antonello Manacorda; Die Jahreszeiten with the Semperoper Dresden; and a tour of Telemann Brockes Passion with Raphaël Pichon and Ensemble Pygmalion.
Stephan recently sang St Matthew Passion (Christus) with The Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, a role he has also sung with OAE directed by Mark Padmore.
Opera roles have include Begearss in Milhaud La mère coupable at Theater an der Wien; Golaud Pélleas et Mélisande with English Touring Opera; Bruno in Macmillan Parthenogenesis for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Moritz in Mernier Frühlings Erwachen at Opéra National du Rhin; Wolfram Tannhäuser and Papageno Die Zauberflöte at La Monnaie, Brussels and in concert; Bill The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at the Edinburgh International Festival.
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.