Young German tenor Eric Stoklossa was born in Dresden, where he received early musical training as a member of the renowned Kreuzchor. Various prizes in the national Jugend Musiziert competition led to his acceptance at the Carl Maria von Weber Conservatory in Dresden, where he received his diploma in 2006. Studies with Margret Trappe-Wiel and Romelia Lichtenstein led to his operatic debut first as Lenski in Eugene Onegin and then as Tito in La Clemenza Di Tito in the freshly renovated Kleines Haus of the Dresden State Theater. In 2006, he sang the role of Abel in Franz Seydelmann’s La Mort D’Abèle at the Dresden Music Festival.
The international press took notice of Mr. Stoklossa after his much admired portrayal of Aljeja in Janácek’s From the house of the dead at the Wiener Festwochen in 2007, directed by Patrice Chéreau and conducted by Pierre Boulez. With this production, he made his debut at the Holland Festival and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2007 (with a DVD release of the performances), the Teatro Massimo Palermo in 2008, and at the Metropolitan Opera in 2009. Mr. Stoklossa made his La Scala debut in January 2009 in the role of Janek in Janácek’s The Makropoulos Case and returned the following year to revive Patrice Chéreau’s production of From the house of the dead. His first portrayal of Andres/Wozzeck at the Wiener Festwochen in the spring of 2010 became another milestone in his career. Again in Vienna he took on the role of Adam in the world premiere of Peter Eötvös’s Lilith – Paradise reloaded in Vienna’s Museumsquartier in fall 2013. Among his recent projects, we find From the house of the dead with Berlin’s State Opera (Sir Simon Rattle) and the Opera Bastille in Paris (Esa Pekka Salonen), as well as concerts in Dresden, Budapest, Amsterdam, Prague, Brussels and Antwerp.
In Oct ’15 Mr. Stoklossa made his house debut at the Semperoper Dresden as Dr. Stilblüte in Nachtausgabe. The success of this collaboration led to him being engaged for two leading roles in the ’16/’17 season, Gerber in The killer in me is the killer in you my love and Tonio in Alles Schwindel.
The young tenor’s repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the modern, encompassing rarities such as Alfonso in Hasse’s La sorella amante, Mozart in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri, The Butler in Gottfried von Einem’s Der Besuch der alten Dame, as well as Handel’s Sesto in Giulio Cesare, Mozart’s Tamino, Belmonte, Ferrando, and Don Ottavio, and Alfred in Die Fledermaus.
Eric Stoklossa is a highly desired concert singer, and has performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Dennis Russel Davies in Linz, Bach’s Mass in B minor with Helmuth Rilling, Haydn’s Creation with Adam Fischer, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Salvator Mas-Conde, and Dvořák’s Stabat mater in Paris, Rouen, and at the Feldkirch Festival in Austria. April 2012 saw him on an extended tour with Bach’s St. John Passion with Le Concert Lorrain, taking him to the Musikverein in Vienna, the Luxembourg Philharmony, de Singel in Antwerp, la Cité de la Musique in Paris, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, to name a few.
In October ’16 he sang the Evangelist and the Tenor-Solo in Bach’s St. John Passion (Rolf Beck) in Shanghai, in the first official presentation of this masterpiece in China.