Stephen Hobe

Baritone Stephen Hobe has flourished in classical and crossover repertoire in hometown Chicago. Mr. Hobe is “a generous performer,” lauded for his charismatic and often quirky performances of particularly English and Italian repertoire.
Mr. Hobe’s blossoming career started with the Florentine Opera this past summer, where he was a Summer Concert Resident. He is currently a Studio Artist with Madison Opera, where he covered Alfio in ​Cavalleria Rusticana​, Silvio in ​Pagliacci​, and Count Carl-Magnus in ​A Little Night Music​ while also performing Mr. Lindquist in the same show. Mr. Hobe received the ​Audience Choice Award​ at the 2018 Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in the Wisconsin District.
Most recently, Mr. Hobe impressed regional audiences with his portrayal of Parson Peel in ​Patience and Sarah​ with Third Eye Theatre Ensemble. Other regional appearances include the Gamekeeper in Janáček’s ​Cunning Little Vixen​ at Roosevelt University, Silvio in ​Pagliacci​ with Main Street Opera, John Proctor in ​The Crucible ​with Chicago Summer Opera, and Le Chat/L’Horloge comtoise in ​L’enfant et les sortilèges​ as a guest artist with North Park University.
Growing into Chicago’s concert scene, he has been recently sought after as the baritone soloist in Rutter’s ​Mass for the Children​, baritone soloist in Dubois’ ​The Last Seven Words of Christ​, baritone soloist in Duruflé’s ​Requiem​, and the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah​.
Mr. Hobe studied paleontology and music theatre at Carthage College (2015). He pursued his Master’s degree in Voice at Roosevelt University (2018), where he studied with Kurt Link.