Austrian bass-baritone Sebastian Holecek sings Count Monterone (Rigoletto) for The Royal Opera in the 2014/15 Season. Holecek made his Royal Opera debut in the 2012/13 Season singing Speaker of the Temple (Die Zauberflöte).
Holecek was born in Vienna and studied at the University of Music there and in Italy with Gino Bechi. He is a member of the Vienna Volksopera, where his roles have included Escamillo (Carmen), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Scarpia (Tosca), Michele (Il tabarro) and Jokanaan (Salome). He is particularly well-known for his interpretation of Mozart baritone and bass-baritone roles and has sung Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) and Don Giovanni for opera houses including Vienna State Opera, Vienna Volksoper, Berlin State Opera and in Madrid, Barcelona, Düsseldorf, Paris, Monte Carlo and Santiago. Other notable engagements include Spirit Messenger (Die Frau ohne Schatten) for Bavarian State Opera, Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos) for Vienna State Opera, and the Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer) for Opéra national du Rhin.
Holecek appears widely in concert, in venues including Carnegie Hall, New York, and the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus. His recordings include DVDs of Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte and CDs of Die Zauberflöte, Wagner’s Die Feen and Schreker’s Irrelohe and Christophoros.