The German tenor, Manuel Stöbel, came from a north German family of church musicians. As a chorister, he sang in works such as Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248) by J.S. Bach. In his early years he began his singing training with the Oldenburg soprano Erika Orth. He studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Saarbrücken with Professor Raimund Gilvan in concert and opera, and finished his studies in 2001 with the concert diploma. Master-classes with Professor Horst Günther, Professor Elisabeth Bengston-Opitz, Professor Lohmann Hildegund-Becker, Professor Peter Kammerlander, Professor Yaron Windmüller, Professor Kurt Widmer and Uwe Götz completed his singing training.
At age 15 Manuel Stöbel sang Schumann's Liederkreis in public for the first time. He performs frequently early music with the ensembles "Gesellschaft für Alte Musik in Schleswig-Holstein." Lieder recitals, church concerts, opera, operetta and musicals are now the focus of his artistic activity. Concert tours have taken him, among other things, to France, Italy and the USA. He is a sought-after interpreter of the Evangelist roles in J.S. Bach's works (including Rome, La Sapienza 2002). His repertoire ranges from oratorios of Heinrich Schütz to Benjamin Britten.
His special interest is the forgotten Lieder literature. As a result, works by Yrjö Kilpinen (Literaturtage Landshut), Armin Knab (Würzburger Kulturherbst), Mark Lothar (Kulturforum München) or Arnold Ebel (Miegel-Gedenkjahr Bad Nenndorf) were heard from him in public again after a long time.
Opera engagements have taken Manuel Stöbel to Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern (Meistersinger), Opernfestival Merzig (Don Giovanni) and Moselfestwochen (Dido und Aeneas).
Within the last few years Manuel Stöbel has developed pedagogically, with a lively work as a teacher of many students in his own studio and director of various singing courses.