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German lyric tenor Sebastian Kohlhepp is in great demand on the international opera and concert scene. He is currently a member of the resident company of Stuttgart Staatsoper, where in the course of the next season he will cover the roles of Oronte (Handel Alcina), Don Ottavio (Mozart Don Giovanni) and Ferrando (Mozart Così fan tutte), among others. The audience and the critics hailed his Stuttgart début in early 2015, in the role of Lucio Vero in Niccolò Jommelli’s Late Baroque opera Il Vologeso - Berenice, Queen of Armenia, in a staging by Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito that the “Opernwelt” magazine critics’ poll selected as the opera rediscovery of the year.


Sebastian Kohlhepp was born in Limburg an der Lahn, where he also received his first vocal training at the local boys’ choir. He studied under Hedwig Fassbender at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt/Main. He was then engaged as a member of the opera ensemble at Karlsruhe Staatstheater. For the 2013-2014 season he switched to the Staatsoper in Vienna, where he sang under the baton of renowned conductors such as Adám Fischer, Peter Schneider, Jeffrey Tate and Franz Welser-Möst.


Kohlhepp has given guest appearances at Opéra Monte Carlo, Theater an der Wien, Vienna Volksoper and Basel Municipal Theatre. Further invitations have led him to perform at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Philharmonie in Paris, Zurich Tonhalle, Vienna Konzerthaus, Shanghai Concert Hall and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.


Projects in the 2016-2017 season include Bach’s St John Passion with B’Rock in Wroclaw (Andreas Spering) as well as with the Gürzenich-Orchester at Cologne Philharmonie (François-Xavier Roth), Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Gaechinger Cantorey (Hans-Christoph Rademann), Bach’s mass in b minor with Collegium Vocale Gent (Philippe Herreweghe), Bruckner's Missa solemnis with the RIAS Kammerchor and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (Lukasz Borowicz) and Mendelssohn’s Paulus with the Kammerchor Stuttgart and the Klassische Philharmonie Stuttgart (Frieder Bernius).


Kohlhepp’s multitalented engagements can be admired in a series of CD, DVD and broadcast recordings. Most recently he was featured on the harmonia mundi CD production of the St John Passion conducted by René Jacobs. He is also participating in the complete recording of Bach’s Chorale Cantatas with Christoph Spering and the Musikforum Köln.


2016/2017 season (Representation: Concert General Management | Management: Daniela Spering | Administration: Stephanie Watin)


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