Stephan Genz

Biography

Born: 1973; Erfurt, Germany  
Baritone Stephan Genz emerged from relative obscurity in the mid-'90s all the way to international stardom by the early 2000s. Indeed, his London debut at Wigmore Hall in 1997 and American debut three years later at New York's Frick Collection, along with the positive notice he received from several recordings in the late '90s, elevated him to front-rank status. He is primarily known for his lieder interpretations, particularly the lieder of Read more Richard Strauss, Wolf, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Mahler. But Genz often performs on the operatic stage, giving regular appearances at La Scala, Opera Bastille, L'Opera National du Rhin (Strasbourg), Opera de Lausanne, and elsewhere. He has sung a variety of roles, including Papageno from Mozart's Die Zauberflote, Fritz (Korngold's Die tote Stadt), Olivier (Strauss' Capriccio), and many more. Genz has made over twenty recordings, spread over several labels, including Hyperion, DG, Harmonia Mundi, Forlane, Arthaus Musik, and EuroArts. Genz's voice has been described as buoyant and light, strong in the higher notes, less so in the lower ranges.

Stephan Genz was born in Erfurt, Germany, in 1973. He received his early training in Leipzig, first as a member of the St. Thomas Boys' Choir and then, from age 15, as a student at the Hochschule für Music und Theater, where his most important teacher was Hans-Joachim Beyer. Later studies were at the Karlsruhe State Hochschule für Musik, where he trained with Mitsuko Shirai. He would also take instruction from Elizabeth Schwartzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Genz captured high prizes in several competitions in the 1990s, including the 1994 Johannes Brahms Competition (Hamburg) and Hugo Wolf Competition (Stuttgart). In 1997 Genz's aforementioned London debut drew lavish accolades from the British media.

Genz's earliest recordings were issued on the U.K.-based Hyperion label and include a 1998 CD of Wolf's "Eichendorff Lieder" and a 1999 disc of Beethoven songs, both with pianist Roger Vignoles. Genz's 2002 concert tour of the U.S. and Canada brought further renown for his insightful lieder interpretations. That same year he scored another success when he appeared at the Hamburg Opera in the role of Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte.

Genz has often performed and recorded with his brother Christoph, a tenor. Together they recorded a disc of Mozart arias and duets for Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, released in 2004. Among Genz's recordings is a 2008 Hyperion CD of Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Read less
Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Kuijken, Siebert, Genz, Le Blanc, Hauptmann
Release Date: 09/27/2011   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94239   Number of Discs: 3
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  • 1.
    Wolf: Eichendorff Lieder / Genz, Fink, Vignoles
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55435 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Stephan Genz,  Roger Vignoles,  Bernarda Fink
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    Richard Strauss: Complete Operas
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002013902 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Anneliese Rothenberger,  Cäcilie Reich,  Eva Maria Rogner,  Ira Malaniuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Karl Böhm,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    C. P. E. Bach: Die Auferstehung Und Himmelfahrt Jesu / Kuijken
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55478 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Uta Schwabe,  Stephan Genz,  Christoph Genz
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande,  Ex Tempore
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    Schoeck: Notturno For Baritone And String Quartet;  Schreker: Der Wind / Genz,  Leipzig Quartet
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 3071815 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Othmar Schoeck,  Franz Schreker
    Performer:  Stephan Genz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig String Quartet
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    Brahms: German Requiem / Alsop, MDR Radio
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572996 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Anna Lucia Richter,  Stephan Genz
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Middle German Radio Chorus Leipzig
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    Wolf: Heine Lieder, Lenau Lieder / Genz, Vignoles
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55389 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Stephan Genz,  Roger Vignoles
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    Sigiswald Kuijken Edition
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1953082 Release Date: 05/15/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Francesco Geminiani,  Georg Muffat  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Van der Crabben,  Magdalena Kozená,  Midori Suzuki,  Knut Schoch  ... 
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande,  Namur Chamber Choir,  Netherlands Chamber Choir  ... 
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    Kinderlieder, Vol. 2
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83007 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Gerhard Schone,  Hans-Jurgen Bareiss,  Birger Heymann  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schindler,  Klaus K. Weigele,  Elisabeth Froschle,  Oliver Scholl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hoppel Hoppel Rhythm Club
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    Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Kuijken, Siebert, Genz, Le Blanc, Hauptmann
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94239 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Isolde Siebert,  Christoph Genz,  Suzie LeBlanc,  Stephan Genz  ... 
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tölz Boys Choir,  La Petite Bande,  La Petite Bande Chorus
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    Korngold: Die tote Stadt / Vinke, Kringelborn, Inbal
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 33625 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performer:  Stephan Genz,  Stefan Vinke,  Christa Mayer,  Solveig Kringelborn  ... 
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Chorus,  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra
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    Label: Amati   Catalog: 884574 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stephan Schreckenberger,  Marie Kuijken,  Inge Van De Kerkhove,  Bart Meynckens  ... 
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
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    Schubert: Der Vierjährige Posten D 190, Die Zwillingsbrüder D 647 / Mikolaj, Karasiak, Genz, Et Al
    Label: Phoenix Edition   Catalog: 144 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Aga Mikolaj,  Andreas Karasiak,  Stephan Genz,  Thomas Jakobs  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Musicus
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    Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn / Genz, Vignoles
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67645 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Stephan Genz,  Roger Vignoles
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    Richard Strauss: Capriccio
    Label: Forlane   Catalog: 913606 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Thomas Allen,  Günter von Kannen,  Stephan Genz  ... 
    Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
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    J. S. Bach, C. P. E. Bach: Ascension Oratorios / Kuijken, Et Al
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2054038 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Stephan Genz,  Christoph Genz,  Patrizia Hardt,  Sophie Karthäuser  ... 
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Tempore,  La Petite Bande
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    Brahms: German Folk Songs / Stephan Genz, Roger Vignoles
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 461910 Release Date: 04/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Roger Vignoles,  Stephan Genz
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    Mahler: Songs / Stephan Genz, Roger Vignoles
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67392 Release Date: 11/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Stephan Genz,  Roger Vignoles
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    Graun: Der Tod Jesu / Kuijken, La Petite Bande, Ex Tempore
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67446 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Heinrich Graun
    Performer:  Uta Schwabe,  Inge Van de Kerkhove,  Christoph Genz,  Stephan Genz
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Petite Bande,  Ex Tempore
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    Korngold: Die tote Stadt / Denoke, Kerl, Latham-Koenig, et al
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100343 Release Date: 01/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performer:  Torsten Kerl,  Stephan Genz,  Julia Oesch,  Angela Denoke  ... 
    Conductor:  Jan Latham-Koenig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Fauré: Requiem; Franck: Symphony / Herreweghe, Zomer, Genz
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901771 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Johannette Zomer,  Stephan Genz
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Champs-Élysées Orchestra,  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  Collegium Vocale
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    Wolf: Morike Lieder / Rodgers, Genz, Vignoles
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67311/12 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Joan Rodgers,  Stephan Genz,  Roger Vignoles
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    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos / Sinopoli, Voigt, Heppner, Dessay, Von Otter
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471323 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Deborah Voigt,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Albert Dohmen,  Romuald Pekny  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
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    Kreutzer: Gesänge Aus Goethes
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47563 Release Date: 02/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Conradin Kreutzer
    Performer:  Alison Browner,  Michail Schelomjanski,  Stephan Genz,  Thomas Hans
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Schäfer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Vocal Ensemble
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    Beethoven: Songs / Stephan Genz, Roger Vignoles
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67055 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Roger Vignoles,  Stephan Genz
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