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.“

Sebastian Pilgrim graduated at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold with Prof. Ritterbusch. During his studies he already was engaged as ensemble member at the Theater Erfurt and made his debut as Sir John Falstaff (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor) at the International Young Opera Weikersheim. From 2013/14 to 2015/16 he was member of the ensemble at the Nationaltheater Mannheim where he made his very successful debuts as König Filippo II (Don Carlo) and as Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra) and as Hagen in the revival of Götterdämmerung in June 2016. Further roles include Tchelio (Liebe zu den drei Orangen), Pistola (Falstaff), Colline (La Bohème), Fafner (Das Rheingold), Gott der Unterwelt (Alceste), Kadmos (Die Bassariden), Sarastro, Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Seviglia), Orbazzano (Tancredi), General (The Gambler) and Timur (Turandot).

Since 2016/17 Sebastian Pilgrim is working freelance and guests as Filippo II in a new production of Don Carlo at the Theater Bielefeld, as Erster Priester (Die Zauberflöte) at the Opéra National de Paris and as Hunding at the Wagner in Budapest Festival under the baton of M° Adam Fischer. He also will return to Mannheim for his debut as Rocco in a new production of Fidelio in the season 2017/18.

As a concert singer, he regularly can be heard in Haydn's Schöpfung, Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium and Mendelssohn's Elias, but also with contemporary music, and was guest at the Hugo Wolff Liedfestival in spring 2015. In the same year, Sebastian Pilgrim was finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He is also winner of several awards like the Special Award of the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin in 2010, the Wolfgang Wagner Award at the International  Song Competition for Wagner Voices in 2012 and as composer  he received the Kurt Masur Award at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb Komposition in 2017.

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