Steve Wächter

He was born in Dresden (Germany) and took his first singing lesson at the age of 16. Though beginning his studies as tenor with Prof. H. Zabel, he changed to counter-tenor. He made his concert debut during his 2nd year of studies with the oratorio Esther by G. F. Händel, conducted by M. Sequeira. In 2009, he completed his Master class studies at Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden with Prof. H. Zabel. During the Mozartwettbewerb 2006 in Würzburg, he took the 3rd Prize, as well as a Special Award for his outstanding performance style. He participated in the Master classes of KS Andreas Schmidt, KS Olaf Bär, Britta Schwarz and Claudia Eder. He often performs in concerts with conductors such as Ludger Rémy, Michael Scholl, Maja Sequeira, Dietrich Lohff and Wolfgang Kupke. Much of his repertoire contains for example Monteverdi's Vespro della beata virgine, the oratories Saul, Esther and Jephta by Händel, the oratories written for Dresden by Hasse, the Solo cantatas by Vivaldi, cantatas by Bach and cantatas, oratories and songs written by (un)known composers of early music as well as compositions of modern music. Over the past four years, he has conquered the opera-stage. He has sung the role of Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice by Charles W. Gluck in Belgrad (2005), Amadigi in Amadigi by G. F. Händel in Dresden (2006), Euristeo in Antigona by J. Mysliveček at the National Theatre in Prague and in Rheinsberg (2006), Otto in Ottone by Händel in Halberstadt/Quedlinburg (2006). In 2007, he sang Alexander in the modern opera Lacrimae Alexandri magni by T. Hanzlik at the National Theatre in Prague. He was a guest at the opera of Frankfurt/Main as Appolo in B. Britten's Death in Venice, in Monteverdi's L´Orfeo in Bad Hersfeld (2007), in Schwerin and Passau as Giulio Cesare in Händel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto (2007/08) and in Saarbrücken as Narciso in Händel's Agripina (2008). Lately, he has been singing the lead role in Orlando by G. F. Händel in Halberstadt/Quedlinburg, the second season of Giulio Cesare in Schwerin and the role of Gelasius in Telemann´s Ricchardo Primo during the Bachfest Leipzig 2009.