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, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung at the Philharmonie Berlin with Jörg-Peter Weigle 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 deutsches Requiem under Helmuth Rilling. Other US concert appearances have been with Paul McCreesh to sing the Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He has also sung Bach’s St. John Passion with Peter Schreier and the Chicago 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 with the RIAS Kammerchor.
In recital he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Klavierfestival Ruhr, 92nd 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, Alexander Schmalcz and Iain Burnside. His is particularly renowned for his extensive and diverse range of repertoire of German Lied which includes Schubert’s cycles Schwanengesang and Winterreise, Brahms’s Die schöne Magelone and Wolf’s Spanisches Liederbuch.
…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, The Gramophone, October 04
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, performed the Count Le Nozze di Figaro and Schaunard La Boheme for Opera North, sung Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas at Opera de Nancy, conducted by Jane Glover, and Henri de Valois in Chabrier’s Le Roi Malgré Lui for Grange Park.
He made his debut with Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels singing in a new opera by Francesconi, he also sang there as Wolfram Tannhäuser and most recently appeared as Papageno Die Zauberflöte for which he received high praise: Stephan Loges created a subtle Papageno, and the warm tone of voice coupled with the rich noble baritone sound which had also been so splendidly employed in his previous portrayal of Wolfram (also at La Monnaie), recalls the glorious tradition of Hermann Prey. Jean-Charles Hoffelé, Concertclassic.com
Future concert plans include Britten’s War Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the Albert Hall, London Mozart Requiem with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Andrew Manze, Beethoven Symphony No 9 with Thomas Zehetmair and the Northern Sinfonia and performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.
For more information visit his artist management website www.vanwalsum.com