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Sébastien Obrecht (Tenor)

Born: France

The French tenor, Sébastien Obrecht, pursued his musical career in singing. Paul McCreesh offered him his debut as Mathan in Athalia by George Frideric Handel. This production of the Academy of Ambronay has been broadcast for the french TV program « Musiques au coeur » of Eve Ruggeri, and Sébastien's performance has received critical acclaim : “…among which the tenor Sébastien Obrecht is distinguishable by his elegance” (Le Monde de la Musique), “Sébastien Obrecht, the evening’s revelation…” (La Croix), “… with french tenor Sébastien Obrecht singing the priest of Baal with a fine tenor line.” (Musical Opinion). Therefore, several ensembles invited him as a soloist: him : Le Concert Spirituel, La Simphonie du Marais, Le Parlement de Musique (Director: Martin Gester), Les Passions, La Chapelle Rhénane, Le Baroque Nomade. Recently, he has sung as Taille soloist in the Requiem of Campra, with the conductor Lionel Sow in the Paris Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Sébastien Obrecht is equally at ease with the classical romantic repertoire, as with the contemporary one : Don Ottavio, Tamino, the narrator in L'enfance du Christ by Berlioz and Das Paradies und die Peri by Robert Schumann, conducted by Cyril Diederich. He has also interpreted the role of Don José in several productions of Georges Bizet's Carmen, among which a recent one in England with conductor John Gibbons. He played Monsieur Martin in La Cantatrice Chauve by J.P. Calvin with the Orchestre Lamoureux, in a staging of François Berreur at the Théatre de l'Athénée, and more recently the Tambour Major in Alban Berg's Wozzeck staged by André Engel in Royaumont. Jean-Christophe Spinosi has chosen him for the title role in le Nozze Di Teti e di Pelleo at the Opéra de Rennes.

Fond of Lied and french songs, Sébastien Obrecht has been heard very often in such repertoire at the French radio France Musique, in programs like Le Cabaret by Jean-François Zygel, Un mardi idéal by Arielle Buteaux, and L'atelier des chanteurs by Stéphane Goldet. Moreover, Jose Montalvo and Dominique Hervieu have imagined for him a figure of the character Oprhée, playing the cello himself, for their production Orphée created at the TNC and on international tour.

This summer 2013, Sébastien Obrecht sang the Nelson Mass by Haydn, and a creation of Tarik O’Regan with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the 800th anniversary of the St Albans meeting. In August and September, he sang La Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini staged by Charlotte Nessi and directed by Lionel Sow with the ensemble Justiniana. This tour ended in the Opera de Vichy.

Sébastien Obrecht is the male winner of Armel Opera Competition 2013. Thanks to his performance in the role of Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten in last October (2013) at the Istanbul Opera and in the Armel Opera Festival in Szeged, he was awarded the “Best Male Performer 2013” title by an international jury. Following this success, HE performed a concert at the Victoria Hall in Geneva next December (2914). Moreover, he was the first non-Georgian tenor to be Abesalom in Abesalom da Eteri by Zakaria Paliashvili at the Tbilissi Opera in 2014.

Among his projects in 2014, he also sang Hoffmann. He joined La Fabrique Opera of Grenoble for a new production of Offenbach's Les Contes d’Hoffmann directed by Patrick Souillot and staged by Jean-Jacques Durand. Moreover, he sang Les Sept dernières paroles du Christ en Croix by César Franck, a production directed by Ariel Alonzo. On November 24 & 25, 2013, he played the role of the Narrator in Das Paradies und die Peri by Robert Schumann at Saint Roch in Paris under the direction of Till Aly with the ensemble Europa Voce.

Discography: “Messie” by G.F. Handel, La Chapelle Rhénane, Diana Haller; “Beata est Maria” motets de Charpentier à trois voix d'hommes, Les Passions, J.M Andrieu, Harmonia Mundi; “Codex Caioni” et “Pellegrino”-– Choc Du Monde De La Musique- Le baroque Nomade, J.C Frisch, Arion; “Te Deum de Levens”, Sagittarius, M. Laplénie, Hortus.


Source: English translation by Aryeh Oron (September 2016)
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Aryeh Oron (September 2016)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Louise Audubert


With: Ensemble Les Muses Galantes:
La Cantate des Muses:
BWV 153 [2013]

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Sébastien Obrecht, ténor (Les Passions) [French/English]


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