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Stephan MacLeod (Bass-Baritone)

Born: November 1971 - Geneva, Switzerland

The Swiss bass-baritone, Stephan MacLeod, was ten years at the Concervatoire de Musique de Geneve studying violin and piano. He started singing lessons with Mrs. Michele Moser in Geneva. At this time he also completed his final high-school exams. At the age of nineteen, he was accepted into the singing class of Ursula Buckel in Geneva, and at the same time was offered a position at the Cologne Musikhochschule studying with Kurt Moll. Then he studied with Gary Magby in Lausanne.

Stephan MacLeod won in 1991 in Switzerland various competition prizes in order to receive scholarships and in 1994 the Migros prize in Zürich and the T.V.S. prize in Hamburg, whereby he was invited to perform solo recitals in Geneva, Vevey, Cologne, Stuttgart, Bonn, Karlsruhe, Venice, Paris and in the USA.

Stephan MacLeod's repertoire goes from Renaissance and western European baroque music through to W.A. Mozart, Rossini or Gabriel Fauré, to Arthur Honegger and Frank Martin, not forgetting the great German romantic Lieder composers.

Stephan MacLeod is particularly active in the oratorio repertoire, in which he has sung under Philippe Herreweghe, Michel Corboz, Daniel Harding, Gustav Leonhardt, Reinhard Goebel (Musica Antiqua Köln), Sigiswald Kuijken, Masaaki Suzuki (Bach Collegium Japan), Konrad Jünghanel (Cantus Cölln), Christophe Coin, Philippe Pierlot (Ricercar Consort), Stephen Stubbs (Tragicomedia), Helmut Rilling, Frieder Bernius, Jos van Immerseel (Anima Aeterna), Jesús López-Cobos, Theodor Guschlbauer, Dennis Russel Davies, Paul Van Nevel (Huelgas Ensemble, of which he was first bass for five years), John Duxbury, Grant Llewellyn, and many others. He has sung with such ensembles as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Freiburger Barockorchester, La Fenice and RIAS-Kammerchor, and with orchestras as L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, l'Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre National de Lille, the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, among others.

Stephan MacLeod has sung in operatic performances in Brussels (La Monnaie), Cologne, Bilbao and Geneva. He has been heard as a concert soloist in most of the main music centres and festivals of Europe, as well as in the USA, Canada, South America, China and Israel, and is a frequent visitor to Japan.

His work has been documented on many radio programmes and nearly thirty CDís (BIS, Harmonia Mundi Deutschland, Channel Classics, Sony, Cascavelle, Accord, Marco Polo), several of which have won awards in the press.

Stephan MacLeod is currently completing his studies as a conductor and directs the Ensemble Gli Angeli Genève, which gave its first concert season at Geneva in 2005.

Source: Bach Collegium Japan Website (March 1999); The Artist (April 2005)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2002, April 2005)

Stephan MacLeod: Short Biography | Gli Angeli Genève | Recordings of Vocal Works | Intégrale des Cantates à Temple de la Madeleine

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Patrick Cohën-Akenine


BWV 32, BWV 49, BWV 57

Daniel Harding


BWV 62 BWV 248/1-3 [1st], BWV 248/1-3 [2nd]

Thomas Hengelbrock


BWV 232

Philippe Herreweghe


BWV 11 [2nd], BWV 12 [2nd], BWV 21 [2nd], BWV 68
BWV 225-230 [2nd]
V-9 (2010, Video):
BWV 244 [4th recording]
V-17 (2012):
BWV 244 [5th recording]
BWV 249 [3rd]

Sigiswald Kuijken


BWV 232

Gustav Leonhardt


BWV 30a, BWV 207

Rudolf Lutz


DVD/CD: BWV 110, BWV 116, BWV 121, BWV 157 [2016]

Eric J. Milnes


BWV 1, BWV 7, BWV 19, BWV 30, BWV 82, BWV 130, BWV 147,BWV 149, BWV 167 [w/ Montreal Baroque]

Philippe Pierlot


BWV 4 [2nd], BWV 4 [3rd], BWV 18, BWV 63, BWV 106 [2nd], BWV 106 [3rd], BWV 110, BWV 131, BWV 150, BWV 151, BWV 161, BWV 182, BWV 198
BWV 234, BWV 235, BWV 243 [1st], BWV 243 [2nd], BWV 245 [all w/ Ricercar Consort]

Jordi Savall


BWV 232 [CD+DVD], BWV 243 [SACD+DVD]

Masaaki Suzuki


BWV 37, BWV 86, BWV 104, BWV 166, BWV 245 [DVD]

Masaaki Suzuki


Member of Bach Collegium Japan:
Sacred Cantatas Vol. 19:
BWV 86, BWV 37, BWV 104, BWV 166

Markus Teutschbein


BWV 247

Jos van Veldhoven


BWV 110 [1st], BWV 196, BWV 243, BWV 245
AOB Video: BWV 32, BWV 42, BWV 58

Alexander Weimann


BWV 245 [Jesus]

Links to other Sites

Stephan MacLeod, Bass-Baritone (BCJ)
Stephan MacLeod, Bass-Baritone (Sorek Artists)
Stephan MacLeod - Biography, Discography (Goldberg) [French]

Stepjhan MacLeod - Profiel (deSingel) [Dutch]
Stephan MacLeod, baryton basse (Mostly Mozart) [French]

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