Miklós Sebestyén | Opera Singer
Miklós Sebestyen was born in Budapest in 1979. After twelve years spent learning to play flute and guitar, he began to focus on developing his vocal talents, studying under Judit Pallagi, and later under József Hormai and Katalin Szőke. During this time he was an active member of the Aladár Tóth Opera Studio. He continued his studies in 2002 at the Zurich Academy of the Arts as a student of László Polgár. From 2005 to 2009, he was taught by Professor Josef Loibl at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, earning his masters degree there in 2009. Sebestyén participated in numerous opera productions across Europe while still a student (in Zurich, Basel, Winterhur, Turin, Monte Carlo and Budapest, among other locations) and gave guest performances in many opera houses (The Nuremberg Opera, Munichs Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, the Leipzig Opera House and Munichs Prinzregententheater). From 2008 to 2011 he was a member of the Leipzig Opera company. Among his more significant roles are Figaro (Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro), Leporello, Masetto,the Commendatore (Don Giovanni) Sarastro, Speaker (The Magic Flute), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) Ercole (Händel: Admeto), Mustafa (Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri), Stefanno Colonna (Wagner: Rienzi), Prince Gremin (Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin) Colline, Schaunard (Puccini: La bohème) Celio (Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges), the Priest (Schönberg: Moses und Aaron) and Henry VIII (Donizetti: Anne Boleyn). In the summer of 2009, in his first appearance in Hungary in seven years, he took the stage at the Miskolc Festival, where - under the baton of Zoltán Kocsis - he sang the role of the Priest from Schönbergs Moses und Aaron, and also returned for another performance as part of the gala concert that closed the event. He has reaped acclaim on concert podiums both in Hungary and abroad (including Munichs Herkulessaal, Dortmunds Klangvokal Festival and Budapests Palace of Arts) with songs by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Wolf and Vaughan-Williams, as well as with the oratorios of Bach, Händel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Stravinsky, Gounod and Kodály. In the course of his career, he has collaborated with notable conductors and directors such as Riccardo Chailly, Ulf Schirmer, Axel Kober, Peter Feranec, Philippe Arlaud, Giancarlo del Monaco and Peter Konwitschny. In the near future, Sebestyén will be performing at the New York Metropolitan Opera, Moscows Bolshoi Theatre, the Hungarian State Opera, the Leipzig Opera and Düsseldorfs Deutsche Oper am Rhein.