Vinke was born in Osnabrueck.
Vinke studied with Edda Moser
at the Music Academy of Cologne and was immediately hired by the Badisches Staatstheate Karlsruhe in Germany in 1993.
He sang lyrical roles for two seasons.
He then changed to Krefeld - Mönchengladbach, performing as Tony
(West Side Story), Beppe (Pagliacci), 1st Geharnischter (Zauberflöte), Hoffmann (Les Contes d'Hoffmann) and
Erik (Fliegender Holländer).
In 1996, as he began specializing in Heldentenor unfortunately roles, he
received a scholarship from Bayreuth.
He sang for six seasons with the Nationaltheater Mannheim, making his U.S. debut with the
Opera Company of Philadelphia as Bacchus.
Jan Maerkl invited Stefan Vinke to the National Theater Mannheim as 1st heroic tenor for the season 1999-2000.
He sang his first Tristan in Halle in 2004, and
his first Siegfried in Cologne, and in 2005/06, he was engaged by Leipzig Opera to sing the lead tenor roles
all their Wagner productions.
He has since sung Siegfried in Leipzig, Venice, Lisbon, Cologne, Berlin, Salzburg, London, Seattle, Shanghai, ...
In the summer of 2008, he sang his first
Tannhäuser at the Eutiner Festival, and in 2009 sang his first Siegfried in Götterdämmerung at La Fenice before
completing the Ring Cycle in Lisbon.
The following year, after singing Tristan in Cologne and Lohengrin in both
Stuttgart and Leipzig, Vinke undertook Siegfried in the entire Ring Cycle in Cologne and Berlin, and he
completed his Wagner repertoire with Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Leipzig.
His repertory includes: Paul (Die tote Stadt), Tristan, Florestan, Parsifal, Lohengrin, Siegmund, Erik, Idomeneo,
José,, Hoffmann, Bacchus, Un Emigrante (Intolleranza), Andrea Chénier, Jim Mahony, Max, Siegfried
(Both), Erik, Rienzi, Walther von Stolzing, Tannhäuser, Siegmund, Wozzeck, Alviano (Die Gezeichneten), Erik,
|Opernwelt: 'Best young singer of the year', 2000|