Stephan MacLeod is a conductor and bass-baritone. Born in Geneva, he is the founder and artistic director of Gli Angeli Genève, a vocal-instrumental ensemble that specialises in repertoire from the 16th to the 19th century on period instruments. He conducts between 40 and 50 concerts per year worldwide, a growing number of which as guest conductor with “modern” orchestras, particularly in the repertoire by J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. Simultaneously, he is also happily pursuing his singing career, and teaching singing at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne.
In the 2022/23 season, he conducts his ensemble Gli Angeli Genève in numerous projects, while at the same time singing the bass solo parts: in C.P.E. Bach’s oratorio Die Israeliten in der Wüste at the Festival of Early Music in Utrecht, Bach’s Matthäus Passion at the St. Pierre Cathedral of Geneva, in their monthly Bach Cantatas series at the Temple St. Gervais, and their yearly Mozart-Haydn Festival at various venues in Geneva, which will include Stephan singing title role in Mendelssohn’s Elias under the baton of Philippe Herreweghe. As a soloist, he performs Händel’s Messiah with Concerto Copenhagen led by Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Händel’s Belshazzar with Concerto Köln led by Vaclav Luks, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande led by Jonathan Nott, and Bach Cantatas with Les Ambassadeurs led by Alexis Kossenko, among other projects. Throughout the season, he also performs song recitals with Kristian Bezuidenhout on fortepiano, with programmes including Lieder by C.P.E. Bach, Beethoven and Schubert.
Highlights of the past seasons included the performance and recording of the world premiere of Antonin Reicha’s Sinfonia Concertante for two cellos and orchestra with cellists Christophe Coin and Davit Melkonyan and Gli Angeli Genève, conducting the philharmonie zuidnederland in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, a St. Matthew Passion at the KKL in Luzern with Gli Angeli Genève, the performance and recording of the complete concertos for flute and orchestra by Mozart (to be released in October 2022), the acclaimed recordings of Bach’s Matthew Passion (2020) b-minor Mass (2021) and John Passion (to be released in March 23), and most recently, the highly praised concerts of Haydn’s Schöpfung.
In 2019, he received an ICMA award with Gli Angeli Genève, in the category “best vocal baroque music recording of the year”, for the CD Sacred Music of the 17th century in Wroclaw.
Stephan MacLeod studied the violin and the piano before turning to singing, which he first studied at the Conservatoire de Genève, then with Kurt Moll at the Cologne Musikhochschule and finally with Gary Magby at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne. His singing career began during his studies in Germany through a fruitful collaboration with Reinhard Goebel and Musica Antiqua Köln. It was then that the doors to the oratorio world opened to him. Since then, he has been singing on the most important stages around the world, under the direction of conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Jordi Savall, Frieder Bernius, Franz Brüggen, Masaaki Suzuki, Michel Corboz, Gustav Leonhardt, Christophe Coin, Konrad Junghänel, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Sigiswald Kuijken, Vaclav Luks, Philippe Pierlot, Helmut Rilling, Rudolf Lutz, Raphael Pichon, Paul Van Nevel or Jos Van Immerseel, as well as with Daniel Harding or Jesús López Cobos. He also sang in opera productions at La Monnaie in Brussels, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra national de Toulouse, Opéra de Nîmes, Opéra national de Bordeaux, and Oper Köln.
Since 2005 and in parallel with his singing career, he has also devoted himself to conducting, and he founded the ensemble Gli Angeli Genève, with which he records one or two albums per year for the Claves label. Stephan MacLeod’s discography as a singer and conductor includes more than 100 CDs, many of them critically acclaimed. Since 2013, he has been a singing teacher at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne and shares his career between teaching, his commitments as a singer, his ensemble, and the increasing demand for him as a conductor of Bach in particular. He regularly conducts the musicians of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Philharmonie Zudnederland, the Netherlands Bach Society, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Purcell Choir and Orfeo Orchestra, among others.