Sebastian Pilgrim

“To König Marke, Sebastian Pilgrim gave all his authority and the force of his voluminous bass. Vocally he owed nothing to his part and inspired with great authority in voice and playing. His dynamic range and lyrics were exemplary. Pilgrim showed very impressively how powerful this composition can be when suitable voice size and creative intelligence meet. With every syllable of his knowing singing, the atmosphere of the performance changed. Suddenly a formative center point could be experienced. A splendidly sung and designed role portrait!"

Not only his under the skin Hagen but also his brilliant role debut as  König Marke in the new production of ‘Tristan und Isolde’ in Leipzig shows that this young black bass is on his way to a world career. One can be excited about his debut as La Roche (‘Capriccio’). Another highlight of this season in Leipzig should be his debut as Gurnemanz in spring 21 – cancelled because of Corona. 

The young singer already made his debut at the Nationaltheater Mannheim as Hagen (‘Götterdämmerung’) in summer 2016 with great success. This was followed in June 2017 by his debut as Hunding at the Wagner Days in Budapest under the direction of Adam Fischer. In 2017/18, he made his debuts as Rocco in the new production of ‘Fidelio’ in Mannheim and as König Karl in Schubert’s ‘Fierrabras’ at La Scala in Milan.

From the 2018/19 season, he is a member of the ensemble of the Leipzig Opera. In spring 2019, he was invited again to La Scala in Milan.

Due to Corona important debuts were moved to the season  20/21 La Roche in Strauss ‘Capriccio and as Diener/Greis in Ullmann's “Sturz des Antichrists”. Gurnemanz in Wagner's Parsifal will follow now in April 2022.  He brought Pogner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg very successful on stage in October 2021. In autumn 2020, he should make his role debut at the Oper Leipzig: König Heinrich in ‘Lohengrin’(cancelled due Corona) in a new production by Katharina Wagner. Now on stage in January 2022. Then the 36-year-old exceptional bass has all the great Wagner roles except Daland in his repertoire.


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