‘The tenor Sebastian Monti shows an agile and flexible voice, twirling in the treble with a certain and unfailing precision and shimmering timbre. Accessing low notes with brio, he gives his instrument power and character.’ (Olyrix, Nicolas Mathieu)
From the start of his career, the Franco-Italian tenor Sebastian Monti interpreted the title roles in Charpentier’s Actéon with Les Talens Lyriques conducted by Christophe Rousset, Lully’s Atys at the Megaron in Athens, Rameau’s Platée at the Opéra de Massy, and Orphée in Gluck's Orphée et Euridice with Les Goûts-Réunis conducted by Dominique Daigremont.
He also sang Orfeo in Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise conducted by Dominique Daigremont, Nanki Poo in Gilbert and Sullivan ‘s The Mikado conducted by David Stern, Apollo in Pancrace Royer’s Le Pouvoir de l'Amour conducted by Patrick Bismuth. He participated in the production of Marin Marais’s Alcione under the direction of Jordi Savall presented at the Opéra-Comique, the Opéra Royal de Versailles and the Théâtre de Caen. Quoted as a « beautiful discovery » for his luminous Apollon, he impressed with « an ideal declamation, a timbre without roughness or constraints, a real high-tenor voice to watch out for. » (Classic News). He also gave performances of Pedrillo in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail conducted by Marcus Bosch at the Heidenheim Festival and interpreted the role of Le Marquis de Tarapote in Offenbach’s La Perichole conducted by Marc Minkowski at the Opéra Royal in Versailles.
In concert, he sings the Evangelist in Bach’s St John Passion at the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Gerhard Oppelt, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Virgine and San Giovanni in Schuster’s La Passione di Gesù Cristo with Collegium 1704 conducted by Václav Luks. Sebastian was also already Il Consiglero in Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista with the Ensemble Diderot conducted by Iñaki Encina Oyon, Il Tempo in Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno conducted by Louis Créac’h and Jonathan in Saul conducted by Till Aly.
His vocal flexibility led him to interpret Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Varo in Handel’s Arminio with Armonia Atenea conducted by George Petrou at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Mister Ford in Salieri’s Falstaff with the Ensemble Diderot, Teobaldo in Zingarelli’s Giulietta e Romeo conducted by George Petrou at the Theater an der Wien, Frontino in Rossini’s L'Equivoco stravagante conducted by José Miguel Pérez-Sierra at the Bad Wildbad Festival where he was noted for the “ease with which he embarks on the Cavatine of Mitridate ‘Se di lauri il crine adorno’, agile, nuanced and daring." (ForumOpera). He also sang the title role in Rameau’s Zaïs at the Biel-Solothurn Theater and Nutrice/Arnalta in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea at Oper Schloss Waldegg.
In the last seasons, Sebastian made his debut at Oldenburgisches Staatstheater with the roles of Calisis in Rameau’s Les Boréades under the musical direction of Alexis Kossenko, Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Gonzalve in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole. He also sang Marzio in Mozart’s Mitridate staged by Ralf Pleger and under the baton of Lars Ulrik Mortensen at the Royal Danish Opera (Copenhagen and Malmö). Furthermore, the tenor returned to Oper Schloss Waldegg in Switzerland to perform Rameau’s Platée in a staging by Silena Girschweiler and under the musical direction of Andreas Reize.
Upcoming projects for the 2023/24 season include Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea in a staging by Ted Huffman with Le Banquet Célèste under Damien Guillon in Utrecht, Rennes and Grenoble, Rameau’s Les Boréades at Oldenburgisches Staatstheater staged Christoph von Bernuth and under the baton of Felix Pätzold. The tenor will conclude the season with Lully’s Le bourgeois Gentilhomme at Oper Graz, which will be staged by Matthias Rippert and conducted by Konrad Junghaenel.
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