Stephan Loges

baritone

Born in Dresden, Stephan Loges was a member of the Dresdner Kreuzchor before going on to study at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He was the winner of the 1999 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.

Concert performances include Schumann’s Paradies und die Peri with Wolfgang Sawallisch and Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Die Schöpfung with the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg , Brahms Requiem with the Ulster Orchestra, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten at the Semperoper Dresden conducted by Peter Schreier and Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Richard Hickox and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. For Hickox he has also sung The Bear at the South Bank Centre as part of their Walton Festival and with Philippe Herreweghe has taken part in performances of Mendelssohn’s Paulus with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées.

Stephan Loges was a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and made his Carnegie Hall début in Brahms’s Ein deutschesRequiem under Helmuth Rilling. Other US concert appearances have been with Paul McCreesh to sing the Messiah with both the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra when he sang Bach’s St.John Passion with Peter Schreier and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

He has a close affinity for Bach and has sung under Sir John Eliot Gardiner as part of his Bach 2000 project (also recorded for Deutsche Grammophon), sung the Bach Passions with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Stephen Layton and the Gabrieli Consort with Paul McCreesh (also recorded for DG). He made his Proms debut in 2002 with the Matthew Passion under Trevor Pinnock and has appeared at the Philharmonie in Munich with the Münchner Bach Choir and Orchestra and taken part in performances of Bach’s B minor Mass and Messiah with the RIAS Kammerchor.

In recital he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Klavierfestival Ruhr, 92 nd Street Y, La Monnaie Brussels, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and the Vocal Arts Series in Washington with pianists such as Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau, Graham Johnson, Helmut Deutsch, Eugene Asti and Iain Burnside. His extensive Lieder repertory includes Schubert’s cycles Schwanengesang and Winterreise , Brahms’s Die schöne Magelone and Wolf’s Spanisches Liederbuch . This season he will give recitals with Roger Vignoles in Santiago de Compostela and with Graham Johnson in Köln.

“…the setting drew out of the singer some special quality….with Stephan Loges it was, to my ear, the revelation of a baritone whose quality and production align him with singers from the past such as Herbert Janssen and Gerhard Hüsch. His voice has a deeper centre than either of theirs, but, to me, in the intimacy of the music room at Wotton, he appeared firmly within that tradition” – John Steane, Gramophone, October 2004

In opera he has taken part in performances of Ariadne auf Naxos conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and Salome with Richard Hickox, both with the London Symphony Orchestra, sang the Count Le Nozze di Figaro and Schaunard La Boheme for Opera North, and sang in staged performances by Achim Freyer of Bach’s B Minor Mass for Los Angeles Opera. Last year he made his debut with Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels singing in a new opera by Francesconi and sang Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas at Opera de Nancy, conducted by Jane Glover, and Henri de Valois in Chabrier’s Le Roi Malgrée Lui for Grange Park. Most recently he returned to La Monnaie to sing Wolfram Tannhäuser and made his Edinburgh Festival debut as the Count Capriccio. Future opera appearances include Papageno Die Zauberflöte for La Monnaie Brussels.

Future concert plans include Messiah with the RLPO, Christus in the Matthew Passion with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Haydn’s Die Schöpfung at the Philharmonie Berlin with Jörg-Peter Weigle.