Steven Ebel

Tenor & Composer

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Steven Ebel is currently an ensemble member at the Staatstheater Mainz. This season he sins the title role in La clemenza di Tito, Jonathan in Saul and Erich in the musical Comedian Harmonists. He made his house debut at Theater Aachen, Musiktheater im Revier and Aalto Musiktheater Essen. He 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.
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.
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 has sung over 20 roles in the past three seasons including as an ensemble member of the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe:  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. Most recently he sang a triumphant Pylades in Ifegenie auf Taurus with the Gluck International Festpiele 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 recent 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 and at Staatstheater Mainz as Steuemann & Le Chevalier in Dialogues of the Carmelites. 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.  
Last season in Mainz for revivals as Steuermann in Fliegende Holländer, Chevalier in Carmelites, Capito in Hindemith's Mathis der Mahler and Lysander in Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream. He went back to London to perform his own music in a recital with David Gowland for the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, and he returned to the USA to debut the title role of Elgar's beloved oratorio The Dream of Gerontius with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. At Theater Regensburg he sang Direktor in the world premiere of FREAX by Moriz Eggert plus Gerontius in the Audimax Theater and Erik in an open air concert on the Donau of Fliegender Holländer. He made his Concertebow debut in the role of Der Priester in Jörg Wigman's Babylon.