Sebastian Pilgrim

„Sebastian Pilgrim besitzt als Hagen dämonische Größe, was sich nicht nur beim Abwärtssprung der Oberstimme in Terz und Septime zeigt. Seine Stimme beeindruckt mit rabenschwarzer Fülle und zubeissender Tatkraft. [… Er] kann mit mächtigen über die Oktavweite springenden Bassschritten als Hagen auch deutlich machen, wie sehr Siegfried in seinem Bann steht. Das wirkt sich außerdem präzis auf das Bühnengeschehen aus.“ (Der Neue Merker)

Sebastian Pilgrim received his artistic education at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold with Prof. Ritterbusch. After his debut as Sir John Falstaff (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor) on the castle stage of the international young opera Weikersheim, Sebastian was engaged still during his studies in the ensemble of the Theater Erfurt. At the beginning of the season 2013/14, he became member of the ensemble at the Nationaltheater Mannheim. There he made very successfull debuts as König Filippo II (Don Carlo) and Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra). Further roles included Tchelio (The love of the three oranges), Pistola (Falstaff) and Colline (La Bohème). In the season 2015/16 in Mannheim, he could be heard as Fafner in the new production of Das Rheingold, Gott der Unterwelt (Alceste), Kadmos in the new production of Die Bassariden, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Seviglia), Orbazzano (Tancredi), General (The Gambler) and Timur (Turandot). In June 2016, Sebastian Pilgrim made his highly acclaimed debut as Hagen in the revival of Götterdämmerung there. 

Since the beginning of the season 2016/17, the young bass works freelance and guests as Filippo II in a new production of Don Carlo at the Theater Bielefeld as well as Erster Priester (Die Zauberflöte) at the Opéra National de Paris.

As a concert and oratorio singer, Sebastian Pilgrim is regularly heard in Haydn's Schöpfung, Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium and Mendelssohn's Elias, but also contemporary music. He guested in spring 2015 at the Hugo Wolff Liedfestival. In 2015, Sebastian Pilgrim was a finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the year competition. In 2010 he was in the final round at the German Federal Singing Competition and was awarded a special prize. At the International Competition for Wagner Voices 2012, he received the Wolfgang Wagner Award after introducing himself most favourably with the roles of Daland and Hagen.

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