David Steffens © Matthias Baus
David Steffens © Matthias Baus
BARITONE | BASS

David Steffens

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BIOGRAPHY

"You rarely find such a beautiful bass voice." - Süddeutsche Zeitung

"David Steffens captivates with immense bass-fullness" - Der Standard

"Born in 1984, bass David Steffens [...] made it unmistakably clear that he also fulfils the criteria for a successful role debut. Born in Upper Bavaria, he has the role [editor's note: of Ochs auf Lerchenau] palpably in his blood and has all the vocal and dramatic prerequisites for it. With rich depth, long breath, exemplary text comprehensibility and witty humour, he increasingly pulled out all the stops of his ability. [...] We can still have high hopes for this Ochs."  -J. M. Wienecke, Das Opernglas, November 2021

David Steffens received his musical training at the Mozarteum University Salzburg with Prof. Horiana Branisteanu, Josef Wallnig, Eike Gramss and Wolfgang Holzmair. During his studies he attended master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ruggero Raimondi, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Hampson, Helmut Deutsch, Rudolf Piernay, Francisco Araiza and Thomas Moser.

Having made his stage debut at the Salzburg Landestheater as Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, he was subsequently engaged in the International Opera Studio at the Opernhaus Zürich and debuted as Sarastro at the Salzburg Festival as part of its Young Singers Project production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. From 2012 until 2014 David Steffens was a member of the ensemble at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt.

Since the 2015/16 season David Steffens has been a member of the ensemble at the Stuttgart State Opera, where he has since appeared in a wide variety of roles, including the title role of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Oroveso (Norma), Escamillo (Carmen), Heinrich der Vogler (Lohengrin), Fasolt (Das Rheingold), Pimen (Boris Godunov) and Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau (Der Rosenkavalier).

Alongside his ensemble engagements in Stuttgart, David Steffens appears as a regular guest on other opera stages, such as the Salzburg Mozart Week, Berlin State Opera, Dusseldorf’s Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Real in Madrid, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Opéra national de Lyon, Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg, the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and Volksoper Wien.

His further appearances at the Salzburg Festival have included Richard Strauss' Salome, in George Enescu's Œdipe and as Masetto in a new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni staged by Romeo Castellucci. He made his debut at the St. Gallen Festival as Quasimodo in Franz Schmidt's rarely performed opera Notre Dame, while in summer 2024 he will make his debut at the Bregenz Festival as Kaspar in a production of Weber's Der Freischütz directed by Philipp Stölzl.

As part of a new tetralogy of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen presented by Stuttgart State Opera and conducted by Cornelius Meister, David Steffen’s recent roles have included Hunding in Die Walküre, Fasolt in Das Rheingold and Fafner in Siegfried. In addition, he made important house debuts as Sarastro at the Aalto Theatre in Essen and as Ochs auf Lerchenau in Der Rosenkavalier at the Berlin State Opera, followed by role debuts as Félix in Donizetti’s Les Martyrs at the MusikTheater an der Wien and as König Marke in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde at the Opéra de Lille.

After performing in Mahler's Symphony No. 8, with the NDR Radiophilharmonie under Ingo Metzmacher, the Orquesta Nacional de España under David Afkham and the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Fabio Luisi, David Steffens will take the work, together with the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria under Yutaka Sado, to the Vienna Musikverein in the current season. There he will also make a guest appearance in Handel's Messiah under Ivor Bolton, while in Madrid he collaborates for the first time with the Orquesta Nacional de España  in Schumann's Scenes from Goethe's Faust.

A sought-after concert singer, David Steffens has appeared at Vienna Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Pierre Boulez Saal, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Herkulessaal in Munich, the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid and the NHK Hall in Tokyo. In addition he has appeared as a recitalist at the Schubertiade in Hohenems, the International Hugo Wolf Academy Stuttgart and the Vienna Konzerthaus, where he will perform once again together with Austrian cabaret artist Josef Hader and pianist Yvonne Gesler in an evening of songs and texts about drunkenness entitled "Intoxication".

David Steffens has performed with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria, the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the NHK Symphony Orchestra. He has worked alongside conductors such as Ivor Bolton, Teodor Currentzis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Theodor Guschlbauer, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Cornelius Meister, Ingo Metzmacher, Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano, Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Schneider.

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DISCOGRAPHY

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Richard Strauss: Salome
John Daszak, Anna Maria Chiuri, Asmik Grigorian, Gábor Bretz, Julian Prégardien, Avery Amereau, David Steffens et al.
Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Director: Romeo Castellucci
Label: Unitel Classics | 2019 

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Giuseppe Verdi: Un Giorno di Regno
Gocha Abuladze, Davide Fersini, Valda Wilson, Elisabeth Jansson, Giuseppe Talamo, David Steffens et al. 
Cappella Aquileia | Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno
Conductor: Marcus Bosch
Live-Recording
Label: Coviello Classics | 2018

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Freimaurermusiken
Jan Kobow, Maximilian Kiener, David Steffens
Salzburger Hofmusik
Conductor: Wolfgang Brunner
Label: CPO | 2017

More on www.jpc.de

VIDEOS

CALENDAR

Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz

Liviu Holender, Johannes Kammler | Ottokar
Franz Hawlata, Raimund Nolte | Kuno
Mandy Fredrich, Nikola Hillebrand, Elissa Huber | Agathe
Hanna Herfurtner, Gloria Rehm, Katharina Ruckgaber | Ännchen
Christof Fischesser, David Steffens, Oliver Zwarg | Kaspar
Thomas Blondelle, Attilio Glaser, Mauro Peter | Max
Moritz von Treuenfels, Niklas Wetzel | Samiel
Frederic Jost, Andreas Wolf | Ein Eremit
Maximilian Krummen, Philippe Spiegel | Kilian
Theresa Gauß, Sarah Kling, Sarah Schmidbauer | Brautjungfern

Enrique Mazzola, Erina Yashima | Musical Direction
Bühne Philipp Stölzl | Stage Direction
Gesine Völlm | Costumes
Philipp Stölzl, Florian Schmitt | Light
Wendy Hesketh-Ogilvie | Stunts 
Franziska Harm | Stage Assistance
Lukáš Vasilek, Benjamin Lack | Chorusmaster
Alwin Bösch, Clemens Wannemacher | Sound
Jan Petzold | Scound effects
Olaf A. Schmitt | Dramaturgy

Wired Aerial Theatre 
Bregenzer Festspielchor | Prager Philharmonischer Chor
Wiener Symphoniker

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Part songs by Franz Schubert (Gesang der Geister über den Wassern u.a.) & Deutsche Volkslieder by Friedrich Silcher

Patrick Grahl, tenor
Ilker Arcayürek ,tenor
Jan Petryka, tenor
Martin Mitterrutzner, tenor
Konstantin Krimmel, baritone
Andrè Schuen, baritone
David Steffens, bass
Andreas Bauer Kanabas, bass
Karoline Kurzemann-Pilz, viola
Gyöngyi Ellensohn, viola
Franz Ortner, cello
Fabian Jäger, cello
Bernd Konzett, double bass
Daniel Heide, piano

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Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz

Johannes Kammler, Ottokar
Franz Hawlata, Kuno
N.N., Agathe
Natasha Te Rupe Wilson, Ännchen
David Steffens, Kaspar
Kai Kluge, Max
Michael Nagl, Eremit
Elliott Carlton Hines, Kilian
N.N., Samiel

Cornelius Meister, conductor
Achim Freyer, director, stage & costumes
Adelheid Kreisz, puppets
Klaus-Peter Kehr, dramaturgy
Manuel Pujol, chorus master

Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Staatsopernchor Stuttgart
Kinderchor der Staatsoper Stuttgart

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Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz

Johannes Kammler, Ottokar
Franz Hawlata, Kuno
N.N., Agathe
Natasha Te Rupe Wilson, Ännchen
David Steffens, Kaspar
Kai Kluge, Max
Michael Nagl, Eremit
Elliott Carlton Hines, Kilian
N.N., Samiel

Cornelius Meister, conductor
Achim Freyer, director, stage & costumes
Adelheid Kreisz, puppets
Klaus-Peter Kehr, dramaturgy
Manuel Pujol, chorus master

Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Staatsopernchor Stuttgart
Kinderchor der Staatsoper Stuttgart

FURTHER INFORMATION & TICKETS

Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz

N.N. , Ottokar
Franz Hawlata, Kuno
N.N., Agathe
Natasha Te Rupe Wilson, Ännchen
David Steffens, Kaspar
Kai Kluge, Max
Michael Nagl, Eremit
Elliott Carlton Hines, Kilian
N.N., Samiel

Cornelius Meister, conductor
Achim Freyer, director, stage & costumes
Adelheid Kreisz, puppets
Klaus-Peter Kehr, dramaturgy
Manuel Pujol, chorus master

Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Staatsopernchor Stuttgart
Kinderchor der Staatsoper Stuttgart

FURTHER INFORMATION & TICKETS
 

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With this new production of Tristan und Isolde from l’Opéra de Lorraine, David Steffens makes both his house and role debut at the Opéra de Lille as King Marke, which sees him add yet another important Wagner role to his repertoire, having already garnered attention in the Stuttgart Ring cycle as Fasolt (Das Rheingold), Fafner (Siegfried) and Hunding (Die Walküre).

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DAVID STEFFENS debuts with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo under Fabio Luisi
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David Steffens makes his debut as Pater Profundus in Mahler's Eighth Symphony with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo under the direction of Fabio Luisi.

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