SEBASTIAN KOHLHEPP
General Management - Opera
German tenor Sebastian Kohlhepp is increasingly in demand on the international opera and concert stages. Born in Limburg an der Lahn, he studied with Hedwig Fassbender at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt/Main.

After graduating, he joined the ensemble of the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, performing a wide variety of lyrical tenor roles such as Tamino in Die Zauberföte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Kudrjasch in Katja Kabanova and Helenus/Hylas in Les Troyens.

In 2013/14, he became an ensemble member at Wiener Staatsoper, where he appeared as Remendado in Carmen, Jaquino in Fidelio, Froh in Das Rheingold and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and worked with conductors such as Peter Schneider, Jeffrey Tate, Ádám Fischer and Franz Welser-Möst.

An ensemble member at Oper Stuttgart since 2015/16, his roles for this house have included Lucio Vero in Jommelli’s Il Vologeso, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Ferrando in Così fan tutte and Der Junge Herr in Philippe Boesmans’ Reigen.

Other recent opera engagements include Tamino at Theater Basel, the title-role in Britten’s Albert Herring and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, both at Volksoper Wien, 1. Jude in Salome at the Opéra de Monte Carlo and Eurimaco in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at Theater an der Wien.
 
A sought-after concert singer, his repertoire ranges from the parts of the Evangelist and the solo arias in the passions of J.S. Bach to the oratorios and masses of the classical and romantic period, which he has performed at the Berlin and Paris Philharmonie, Tonhalle Zurich, Vienna Konzerthaus, Shanghai Concert Hall, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, amongst others.
 
Mr Kohlhepp already had the pleasure of working with conductors such as Helmuth Rilling, Hans-Christoph Rademann (Stuttgart Bach Academy), Philippe Herreweghe (Collegium Vocale Gent), Andreas Spering and René Jacobs (Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Chamber Choir).
     
He has recorded Bach’s Johannes Passion with René Jacobs for Harmonia Mundi and his Cantata BWV 80 Eine feste Burg ist unser Gott with Christoph Spering and Musikforum Köln for Deutsche Harmonia Mundi as part of their complete cantatas series.

In 2016/17, Mr Kohlepp returns to Oper Stuttgart as Ferrando, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Oronte in Alcina and Lurcanio in a new production of Ariodante by Jossi Wieler, performs Bach’s Johannes-Passion with Andreas Spering and B’Rock, Collegium 1704 with Lars Ulrik Mortesen and the Gürzenich Orchester with Francois-Xavier Roth, his Weihnachtsoratorium with Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Gächinger Kantorei (including a CD recording) and returns to Shanghai for Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 with the orchestra of the Thèâtre des Champs-Elysées and Philippe Herreweghe.


 




 
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SEBASTIAN KOHLHEPP: J.S. Bach, Matthäus Passion, Geduld! Wenn mich falsche Zungen stechen

SEBASTIAN KOHLHEPP: J. Haydn, Lo Speziale, Per quel che ha mal di stomacho

Live recording 2012, WDR

SEBASTIAN KOHLHEPP: J. Haydn, Lo Speziale, Tutto il giorno

Live recording 2012, WDR

“ Ein überzeugendes Debüt als neues Ensemble-Mitglied gibt in der Partie des Lucio Vero Sebastian Kohlhepp, der zuvor an der Wiener Staatsoper verpflichtet war. Mit höhensicherem und in den Koloraturen absolut beweglichen Tenor begeistert er als römischer Herrscher auf ganzer Linie. Einen Höhepunkt stellt sicherlich seine große Arie im dritten Akt "Uscir vorrei d'affano" dar, in der er Lucilla sein Leid über seine unerfüllte Liebe zu Berenice klagt, die wie ein Sturm in seinem Herzen wütet”.
Online Musik Magazin, about the role of Lucio Vero in Jommelli’s Il Vologeso at Staatstheater Stuttgart, February 2015

“Der klare, mit guter Diktion ausgestattete deutsche Tenor, Hausdebütant Sebastian Kohlhepp machte die Rolle des liebenswerten Deppen persönlich.“

Wiener Zeitung, about the title-role in Albert Herring at Volksoper Wien, February 2014

"Im Zentrum aber steht Sebastian Kohlhepp in der Titelpartie: Grundsympathisch, mit heller, klarer Tenorstimme und bester deutscher Diktion"

Die Presse, about the title-role in Albert Herring at Volksoper Wien, February 2014

Sebastian Kohlhepp

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Sebastian Kohlhepp

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