Steven Ebel

Tenor & Composer

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Steven Ebel since 2016 is an ensemble member at the Staatstheater Mainz. Where he has sung the title role in La clemenza di Tito, Steuermann in Fliegender Holländer, Le Chevalier in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Jonathan in Saul and 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. A frequent guest at Theater Regensburg he sang: Previous to Mainz he was an ensemble member at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe (2012-2015) 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. A

This Season (2018-2019) he sings Basilio (with aria) in Le Nozze die Figaro, Boris in Katya Kabanova, Jonathan in Saul and Erich in Comedian Harmonists at Staatstheater Mainz. Debuts with Theater Koblenz as Robert Wilson in Doctor Atomic and The Diary of One Who Vanished by Janacek at Weissenhorn Klassik.

Also an active composer he premiere 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. Now he is composer in residence at Muiskakademie diapason where he writes string music for young players and has studied composition with Wolfgang Rihm at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Karlsruhe. At the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in 2017 and 2018 he composed music and was the music director for massive Children’s Music Theater pieces (ca. 120 Children) Odyssee II & III with his wife, Sophie Ebel as co-writer and performer.

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 Biran Zeger), Heidelbergerfreuhling Festival, Merkin Hall (NYC) and the Konzerthaus Berlin, also Messiah for the Karlsruhe Händelfestpiel, Bach at the Karlsruhe Stadtkirche and Puccini's Messa di Gloria. He also premiered his many works at the Badisches Staatstheater including two Christmas pieces for children's chorus and tenor with orchestra: Knecht Ruprecht & 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 large ensemble and tenor.

Other 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. 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 and the Regensburg Philharmonie. He made his Concertebow debut in the role of Der Priester in Jörg Wigman's Babylon.