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The bass-baritone Stephan Loges, a native of Dresden, had his first musical experiences as a member of the famous Dresden Kreuzchor. He completed his vocal training at the Berlin University of the Arts and, beginning in 1995, with Rudolf Piernay at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Loges won the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in 1999. The concert and lieder repertoire is currently the focus of his artistic work. He has performed the great oratorio parts by Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Berlioz, and Britten with such ensembles as the Academy of Ancient Music, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Loges enjoys a close partnership with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, with whom he performs and has recorded Bach cantatas, as well as with Paul McCreesh and Trevor Pinnock. Under the direction of Ivor Bolton he has sung in Schubert’s Alfonso und Estrella at the Konzerthaus in Vienna; he has performed Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ with Robin Ticciati, Haydn’s The Sea-sons with Peter Schreier, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Paul McCreesh. Loges is also active in the field of contemporary music and has performed in Kaija Saariaho’s The Tempest Songbook with the Scharoun Ensemble. On the opera stage he has sung Wolfram in Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Maximilian in Bernstein’s Candide at the Berlin Staatsoper, and Bruno in Macmillan’s Parthenogenesis at the Royal Opera House in London. Among Loges’s recordings are the complete lieder of Mozart, settings by Robert and Clara Schumann, lieder and duets by Mendelssohn, and Hugo Wolf’s Mörike Lieder.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 31 March 2004, singing bass arias from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in a performance with the Gabrieli Consort & Players conducted by Paul McCreesh.