Sebastian HolecekGuest of the Opera
Austrian bass-baritone Sebastian Holecek was born in Vienna and studied at the University of Music there and in Italy with Gino Bechi. He is a member of the Vienna Volksoper, where his roles have included Escamillo (Carmen), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Scarpia (Tosca), Michele (Il tabarro) and Jokanaan (Salome). He is particularly well-known for his interpretation of Mozart baritone and bass-baritone roles and has sung Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) and Don Giovanni for opera houses including Vienna State Opera, Vienna Volksoper, Berlin State Opera and in Madrid, Barcelona, Düsseldorf, Paris, Monte Carlo and Santiago. Other engagements include Spirit Messenger (Die Frau ohne Schatten) for Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos) for Vienna State Opera, the Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer) for Opéra national du Rhin, Don Fernando (Fidelio) for the Salzburg Festival and Don Pizarro (Fidelio) with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Theater an der Wien and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Fritz Kothner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and the Speaker of the Temple (Die Zauberflöte) for Royal Opera Covent Garden in London, and the title role in Prince Igor for Volksoper Wien.
Sebastian Holecek appears widely in concert, in venues including Carnegie Hall, New York, and the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus. His recordings include DVDs of Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte and CDs of Die Zauberflöte, Die Feen, and Franz Schreker‘s Irrelohe. His awards include the Austrian Music Theater Award Der Goldene Schikaneder for his performances as Jokanaan (Salome).