Born in Geneva, Stephan MacLeod first studied the violin and the piano and then singing with Kurt Moll in Cologne and with Gary Magby in Lausanne. Active all over the world as a renowned concert singer since his early twenties, his desire to conduct started at the same time and he founded ten years ago his own ensemble, Gli Angeli Genève, where he is both singing and leading. Gli Angeli Genève gives a season of concerts in Geneva since 2005, and is now regularly invited in most European concert halls and leading festivals for ancient music.
As a singer, his career started through an intense collaboration with Reinhard Goebel and Musica Antiqua Köln when he was 20 years old. He’s been particularly active in the oratorio repertoire since, particularly under Philippe Herreweghe, Gustav Leonhardt(†), Franz Brüggen(†), Masaaki Suzuki (Bach Collegium Japan), Jordi Savall, Michel Corboz, Daniel Harding, Vaclav Luks, Sigiswald Kuijken, Konrad Junghänel (Cantus Cölln), Christophe Coin, Philippe Pierlot (Ricercar Consort), Helmut Rilling, Frieder Bernius, Jos Van Immerseel, Jésus López-Cobos, Hervé Niquet, Paul Van Nevel (Huelgas Ensemble), and with such ensembles as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Musica Antiqua Köln, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Tafelmusik or the RIAS-Kammerchor.
In the opera world, he has sung in several productions in Brussels (La Monnaie), Venice (La Fenice), Cologne, Bilbao, Edinburgh or Geneva.
He has been heard as a concert soloist in most of the main music centers and festivals in Europe, as well as in the USA, Canada, South America or China, and is a frequent visitor to Japan.
He made many radio and CD recordings (recording works, among other, of Bach, Monteverdi, Schütz, and Vivaldi) for the labels BIS, Harmonia Mundi Deutschland, Channel Classics, Sony Classical, Cascavelle, Accord and Marco Polo, several of which have won awards in the press.
Stephen MacLeod’s repertoire ranges from Renaissance and western European baroque music through Mozart, Rossini and Fauré, to Honegger, Frank Martin and Philip Glass, not forgetting the great German romantic Lieder composers.
He teaches in Lausanne, where he is professor of singing in the University of Music (Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne).
In the recent years, he has been conducting a production of Cavalli's La Calisto in Geneva, Mozart concerts at the Lausanne Opera, a production of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd in Geneva, Bach’s Matthew Passion in Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands or orchestral works by Bach and Rameau with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Next year, he will be singing, amongst other projects, on numerous concert tours with Jordi Savall or Vaclav Luks (Collegium 1704) and will be conducting the Netherlands Bach Society in a program around Bach Motets, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva for a new Bach orchestral project.
With his Ensemble Gli Angeli Genève, he will be singing and conducting in numerous concerts in Switzerland, but also in Milano, Wroclaw, Brussels, Den Haag, Paris, Stuttgart, and at the Utrecht’s Festival or the Thüringer Bachwochen, both festivals where the group will be Artist in residence in 2016.
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