German lyric tenor Sebastian Kohlhepp is much in demand on the international opera and concert scene. After having been a member of the ensemble of soloists in Karlsruhe, at Vienna State Opera and in Stuttgart, he has been freelancing since the 2017-2018 season.
Guest appearances have led him to perform at Salzburg Easter Festival, at the Theater an der Wien (Vienna), at the Salzburg Mozart Week, in Cologne, in Basel, and at the Opéra Monte Carlo. He has sung under the direction of renowned conductors including Christian Thielemann, Adam Fischer, Franz Welser-Möst, Sylvain Cambreling, Pablo Heras-Casado, René Jacobs, and Jeffrey Tate.
As a concert soloist, Kohlhepp is regularly invited to perform at a number of outstanding international festivals and in all major concert venues, collaborating with the most celebrated ensembles and orchestras. He gave his US début in 2018 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelsons. That same year he sang the tenor part in Beethoven’s ’9th Symphony’ conducted by Teodor Currentzis at Salzburg Festival. For many years he has been collaborating with Philippe Herreweghe and the Collegium Vocale Gent, as well as with the ensembles of the Stuttgart Bach Academy.
Born in Limburg, Kohlhepp first trained at the local boys’ choir, and went on to study with Hedwig Fassbender at Frankfurt University of Music and the Performing Arts. Kohlhepp’s multiple talents are well on display in a number of CD, DVD and radio broadcast recordings.