Bernd Loebe was born in 1952 in Frankfurt, where he studied law and the piano. From 1975 – 1980 he wrote regularly for the music pages of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Neue Musikzeitung and Opernwelt magazine and worked freelance for Leo Karl Gerhartz at the Hessische Rundfunk (radio), where he started working full time in 1979. During his time there he produced various very successful series about opera and reported on performances at international festivals, including Bayreuth and Salzburg. In November 1990 he took up the post of Artistic Director at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. He worked with Keith Warner and Antonio Pappano on a new production of Wagner's Lohengrin at the 1999 Bayreuth Festival.
He receives many invitations to sit in the jury of leading singing competitions. He worked as an advisor to General Music Director Paulo Carignani at Oper Frankfurt from September 2000 and became Intendant in Frankfurt in September 2002. Critics from Opernwelt Magazine voted Oper Frankfurt „Opera House of the Year“ in 2003. The house maintained a leading position in subsequent seasons and his contract as Intendant has been extended to 2023. He was vice president of the Deutsche Akademie der Darstellenden Künste and is, since 2010, chairman of the Deutsche Opernkonferenz.