Sebastian Kohlhepp

Current as of August 2023

The German tenor Sebastian Kohlhepp is among the most established and versatile singers of his generation, and is a sought-after guest at international opera houses. His engagements in the 2022/23 season have included his first appearance at La Scala, Milan, where he made his role debut as Narraboth (Salome), along with Ferrando (Così fan tutte) at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) at the Vienna State Opera and the Semperoper Dresden and Walther (Tannhäuser) at the Salzburg Easter Festival.
Important past engagements have included his house debuts at the Zurich Opera House as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), at the Bavarian State Opera as Crown Prince Georg in Lehár’s Schön ist die Welt, followed by Pierrino in a new production of Lehár’s Giuditta, and at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia in a staged production of Mozart’s Requiem. Following his acclaimed role debut as David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) under Christian Thielemann at the Salzburg Easter Festival (recorded live on CD and DVD) he made his house debut in the same role at the Semperoper Dresden. He has sung Ferrando at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) at the Salzburg Mozartwoche and Tamino at the Theater an der Wien; he has also been an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera and the Stuttgart Opera.
Following his performances at the Salzburg Festival as Manolios (The Greek Passion), during the 2023/24 season he will return to the Zurich Opera House as Don Ottavio, to the Vienna State Opera as Belmonte and to the Cologne Opera as Idomeneo, and make his debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid as David.
Sebastian Kohlhepp is also internationally acclaimed as a concert singer. He works regularly with leading orchestras and ensembles such as the Staatskapelle Dresden, the SWR Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Collegium Vocale Gent, the RIAS Chamber Choir and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and conductors including Ivor Bolton, Sylvain Cambreling, Teodor Currentzis, Adam Fischer, Pablo Heras-Casado, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, François-Xavier Roth, Christian Thielemann, Lorenzo Viotti and Franz Welser-Möst.
Concert engagements have taken him to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, the Paris, Berlin, Cologne and Essen Philharmonies, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Maison de la Radio et de la Musique in Paris, the Boston Symphony Hall, the Shanghai Concert Hall, the Seoul Arts Center, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and to the Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festivals and the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.

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