Sebastian Holecek

Sebastian Holecek studied singing in Vienna, his hometown, and in Italy. Already during his studies at the Musikhochschule in Vienna, he was invited to sing as a guest in Holland, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Following his graduation was his engagement with the Ensemble of Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, where he performed such roles as Figaro / Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Harlekin / Ariadne auf Naxos. At the same time Mr.Holecek also sang at the Volksoper in Vienna and gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper performing Papageno/ Die Zauberflöte in 1991. 

Further engagements followed, such as Harlekin / Ariadne auf Naxos, Bretigny / Manon, Dr. Falke / Die Fledermaus and Graf Homonay / Der Zigeunerbaron. 

At the beginning of the Season 2006/2007 he joined the Ensemble of the Volksoper in Vienna. Sebastian Holecek widely broadened his repertoire with roles such as Morald / Die Feen, Danilo / The Merry Widow, the title role in Gesualdo by Alfred Schnittke, Heerrufer / Lohengrin, Barak / Turandot (Ferruccio Busoni), Schaunard / La Bohème, the title role in Il Prigioniero, Hidulfus / Genoveva, Masetto / Don Giovanni, Enrico Piselli / Eine Nacht in Venedig, Theseus / A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter / Hänsel und Gretel, Escamillo / Carmen, Kaspar / Der Freischütz, Giorgio Germont / La Traviata, Speaker / Die Zauberflöte, Scarpia / Tosca, Alfred Koppreiter / Kehraus um St. Stephan, Jochanaan / Salome and Johannes Freudhofer / Der Evangelimann. 

Mr. Holecek has been guest in some of the most renowned opera houses and concert halls of the world, like in Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, New York, Montreal, Kapstadt, Monte Carlo, Santiago de Chile, St. Gallen, Turin, Düsseldorf as well as at the Bregenzer Festspiele. 

He worked with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Fabio Luisi, Daniel Barenboim, Kirill Petrenko, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Gerd Albrecht, Heinrich Hollreiser, Julia Jones, Horst Stein, Peter Schneider, Marcello Viotti and Michael Schønwandt. Mr. Holecek is an active concert singer as well. 

He sang at the Musikverein and at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, at the Carnegie Hall in New York, in Toronto, Vilnius and Paris, where he performed an Operetta concert together with Gwyneth Jones and Nicolai Gedda. Recent highlights include Don Fernando, Minister/ Fidelio at Salzburger Festspiele and his highly ascclaimed debut as Pizarro/ Fidelio in Landestheater Innsbruck. 

In June 2013 Sebastian Holecek has been honored with the Goldener Schikaneder for his interpretation of Jochanaan / Salome at the Volksoper in Vienna. Future plans include further performances of Peter Besenbinder / Hänsel und Gretel at the Bayerische Staatsoper, his debut at the Opera Stuttgart as Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca and Fritz Kothner Meistersingern von Nürnberg at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.