Sébastien Obrecht’s original musical career was as a cellist with leading ensembles, but he then decided to pursue a career in singing.
Conductor Paul McCreesh offered him his debut as Mathan in Handel’s Athalia. The production by the Academy of Ambronay was broadcast on the French TV programme Musiques au coeur with Eve Ruggeri, and Sébastien’s performance received critical acclaim : “…among which the tenor Sébastien Obrecht is distinguishable by his elegance” (Le Monde de la Musique); “Sébastien Obrecht, the evening’s revelation…” (La Croix); “… with French tenor Sébastien Obrecht singing the priest of Baal with a fine tenor line” (Musical Opinion).
Following his success in this role, he sang with a number of ensembles, including Le Concert Spirituel, La Simphonie du Marais, Le Parlement de la Musique, Les Passions, La Chapelle Rhénane, and Le Baroque Nomade.
Recently, he was a soloist in Campra’s Requiem, with conductor Lionel Sow in Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris.
Sébastien is just as at ease with the classical romantic repertoire as he is with the contemporary repertoire, whether it be Don Ottavio, Tamino, the narrator in Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ, or Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri. He has sung the role of Don José in several productions of Carmen. He sang Monsieur Martin in La Cantatrice Chauve by J.P. Calvin with the Orchestre Lamoureux, directed by François Berreur at the Théatre de l’Athénée, and, more, recently the Tambour Major in Wozzeck directed by André Engel in Royaumont. Jean-Christophe Spinosi has chosen Sébastien for the title role in Le Nozze di Teti e di Pelleo at the Opéra de Rennes.
He sang the role of Peter Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw in October 2013 at the Istanbul Opera, and he will be the first non- Georgian tenor to sing Abesalom in Abesalom da Eteri by Zakaria Paliashvili at the Tbilisi Opera in 2014. In August 2013, Sébastien sang Haydn’s Nelson Mass, and a special composition by Tarik O’Regan with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, for the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, in St Albans Abbey.
Sébastien Obrecht has broadcast frequently on the French radio station France Musique in programmes of Lieder and French songs.
Winner of the Armel Opera Competition 2013
- Handel Messiah, La Chapelle Rhénane, Benoît Haller.
- Beata est Maria – motets by Charpentier, Les passions, J.M Andrieu, Harmonia Mundi.
- Codex Caioni and Pellegrino – (awarded the Choc du monde de la musique) – Le baroque Nomade, J.C Frisch, Arion
- Charles Levens Te Deum, Sagittarius, Michel Laplénie, Hortus.