Steven Ebel


PHOTO: Andrew Finden

PHOTO: Andrew Finden

Since 2016 Steven Ebel is an ensemble member at the Staatstheater Mainz. Where he has sung the title role in La clemenza di Tito, Basilio (with aria) in Le Nozze die Figaro, Boris in Katya Kabanova, Jonathan in Saul, Steuermann in Fliegender Holländer, Le Chevalier in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Erich in the musical Comedian Harmonists, Capito in Hindemith's Mathis der Mahler and Lysander in Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream. Last season he made his house debut at Theater Aachen, Musiktheater im Revier (Gelsenkirchen) singing Le Chevalier and Aalto Musiktheater Essen as Konrad in Hans Heiling. Last season he sang Theater Koblenz as Robert Wilson in Doctor Atomic and Tenor I in Arvo Pärt’s Miserere. A frequent guest at Theater Regensburg he sang: Erik in Fliegender Holländer, Konrad in Hans Heiling, Direktor in Freax by Moriz Eggert and The Dream of Gerontius. Previous to Mainz he was an ensemble member at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe (2012-2015) highlights from his time include Bob Boles in Peter Grimes, Lucinius in La Vestale and Pylade in Ifegenie en Tauride and was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme in Covent Garden from 2009-2011. While in the programme he sang Jaquino in Fidelio, Malcom in Macbeth (Opus Arte DVD), Rimenes in Artaxerxes, Gernando in L'isola disabitata amongst others.

International engagements include Lechmere in Britten's Owen Wingrave at the Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, France, Boris in Katya Kabanova in Santiago de Chile and Konrad in Marschner's Hans Heiling at Theater Regensburg, along with Direktor in the world premiere of FREAX by Moriz Eggert and his first Erik in an open air concert on the Donau of Fliegender Holländer. A concert version of Strauss' Salome with the Philharmonie National de Lyon saw him give his debut as the First Jew and Second Nazerene. Pylades in Ifegenie auf Taurus with the Gluck International Festspiel in Nürnberg. Plus operetta concerts around the Bodensee and the Zürich Tonhalle with the Konstanz Philharmonie and Gerontius of Elgar's beloved oratorio The Dream of Gerontius with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra also the Regensburg Philharmonie. He made his Concertebow dbut in the role of Der Priester in Jörg Wigman's Babylon.

Career highlights include Quint in Turn of the Screw (Opera Cleveland & Casleton Festival), Jimmy in Mahagonny (Tanglewood Music Festival, Lucca, Pisa, Ravenna & Livorno), Tamino in The Magic Flute (Cleveland Institute of Music), Tito La clemenza di Tito (New York Opera Forum). He sang over 20 roles while he was in the ensemble of the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, including: The Fisher in The Nightingale, Robert Wilson in Dr. Atomic, Bob Boles in Peter Grimes, Steuermann in Fliegender Holländer, Licinius & Cinna in La Vestale, Froh in Das Rheingold, & Sali in A Village Romeo and Juliet. He ended his tenure with a triumphant Pylades in Ifegenie auf Taurus there and repeated his success with the role with the Gluck International Festspiel in Nürnberg.

As a concert singer he has sung recitals at the Tanglewood Festival, Ravinia Festival (with Brian Zeger), Heidelbergerfrühling Festival, Merkin Hall (NYC) and the Konzerthaus Berlin, also Messiah for the Karlsruhe Händelfestpiel, Bach at the Karlsruhe Stadtkirche and Puccini's Missa di Gloria.

He is also an active composer he has studied composition with Wolfgang Rihm at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Karlsruhe. Now he is composer in residence at Muiskakademie diapason where he writes string music for young players and participatory music theater pieces for children. At the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in 2017 and 2018 he composed music and was the music director for two massive Children’s Music Theater pieces (ca. 120 Children) Odyssee II & III with his wife, Sophie Ebel as co-writer and performer. While in London he premiered 6 works in his two years at Covent Garden including a staging of his song cycle Diary of a Young Poet (picture above) in the Linbury Theater. The Seeker, a CD of his own compositions to Rilke texts is available online on the Turquoise Coconut label.

He also premiered his many works at the Badisches Staatstheater including two Christmas pieces for children's chorus and tenor with orchestra: Knecht Ruprecht and Weihnachtliches Friedensgebet, plus the premiere of his 30 minute song cycle about WWI soldier poets; Reise der Soldaten and Moral Discourse, and a philosophical cantata for chamber ensemble and tenor.

Photography by Andrew Finden