Miklós Sebestyén, bass-baritone

Miklós Sebestyén

Represented By:

Michael Morelli
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The multilinguistic bass-baritone Miklós Sebestyén has a prominent international career. He is celebrated for his acting talent and vocal versatility.


In the recent years the artist has performed Padre Guardiano and Calatrava/La Forza del Destino at Teatro Sao Carlos Lisbon, Vodnik/Rusalka at Bolshoi in Moscow, Don Magnifico/La Cenerentola at Norwegian National Opera, Sparafucile/Rigoletto at Bregenzer Festspiele, Rossini/Petite Messe Sollenelle with Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir, Cantata Profana by Bartók at Teatro Petruzelli di Bari, Padre Guardiano/La Forza del Destino and Commendatore/Don Giovanni at Welsh National Opera, Escamilo/Carmen concertante with Győr Philharmonic Orchestra at Audi Arena, Bluebeard/Bluebeard’s Castle at Hungarian State Opera and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur.

Most recent and future engagements include:

  • Bartók’s Bluebeards Castle and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur;
  • Tigellino/Nerone and Sparafucile/Rigoletto at Bregenzer Festspiele;
  • Pistola/Falstaff at Opéra Occitaine de Montpellier;
  • Don Magnifico/La Cenerentola w. Herheim at The Royal Danish Opera;
  • Seneca/L’Incoronazione di Poppea in Zürich Opera House;
  • Nilakantha/Lakmé Concertante in Tchaikovskij Concert Hall in Moscow.


Miklós Sebestyén was born in Budapest, Hungary. In the early years of his musical education, he played various instruments – flute, guitar, piano – until he decided to choose singing as his profession. He studied with Prof. László Polgár in Zürich and with Prof. Josef Loibl in Munich.

During his studies, he already worked in several opera productions in Europe (Zurich, Basel, Winterthur, Torino, Monte Carlo, Budapest, etc.) and in various opera houses (Nürnberg Opera, Staatstheater am Gaertnerplatz in Munich, Leipzig Opera, Prinzregententheater Munich).

Рast engagements include among others Gremin/Eugen Onegin and Dosefei/Khowanschina at Welsh National Opera, Bach/B Minor Mass with Copenhagen Chapel Choir, Hans Foltz/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Teatro alla Scala di Milano in 2017, Giorgio/I Puritani in Budapest, Banco/Macbeth at Welsh National Opera in 2016, Lord Gualtiero Valton/I Puritani at Teatro Real de Madrid in 2016, Don Magnifico/La Cenerentola at Opera Tel Aviv in 2016, Bonzo/Madama Butterfly at Concertgebouw Amsterdam in 2016, the World Premiere of Battistellis opera CO2 at La Scala di Milano in May 2015 staged by Robert Carsen and conducted by Cornelius Meister as 2nd Scientist and 2nd Man (Airport), Pizarro/Fidelio in Taiwan (2015), Timur/Turandot (2013) at Opéra National de Lorraine where he also in 2014 sang Publius/La Clemenza di Tito, Colline/La Bohème (2014) at Malmö Opera, Alter Bankier/Die Flut at Bayerische Staatsoper München in 2014, the title role of Mosé by Rossini with Carlo Rizzi and David Pountney at Welsh National Opera in 2014, Old Man/Aleko at Opera National Lorraine de Nancy in 2015, Bonzo/Madama Butterfly in 2015.

Furthermore, he had great success in Vienna in a new production of Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénedict directed by Kasper Holten. In June 2013 he made his debut at the internationally renowned Wagner Festival in Budapest, as Kothner in the new production of Meistersinger von Nürnberg, conducted by Adam Fischer.

Miklós Sebestyén made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York in 2012 as the King of Egypt in Verdi’s Aida, a production which was broadcasted on “Live HD from the MET” in cinemas all over the world. Also at the Met he sang the Friar (Frate) in Don Carlo in 2013.

Sebestyén’s major roles include Mozart’s Figaro/Le Nozze, Leporello, Masetto, Commendatore/Don Giovanni, Sarastro, Sprecher/The Magic Flute, Don Alfonso/Cosi fan tutte; Ercole in Händel’s Admeto; Mustafa in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri; Enrico VIII in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena; Stefanno Colonna in Wagner’s Rienzi; Prince Gremin in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Colline and Schaunard in Puccini’s La Bohéme; Ferrando in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Sparafucile/Rigoletto, Il Re/Aida, Kothner in Wagner’s Meistersinger, Celio in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges and Priest in Schönberg’s Moses and Aron.

He worked a.o. with great conductors of our time, such as Fabio Luisi, Adam Fischer, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Ulf Schirmer.

With various oratorios of J. S. Bach, Mozart, Händel, Haydn, Beethoven, Paul Ben Haim, Stravinsky; and with songs of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Mussorgsky he has established himself as a concert singer as well.


In 2010 Miklós Sebestyén won 3rd prize in the Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. After his success at the competition he sang at various great opera houses, such as the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Leipzig, Staatstheater Nürnberg.


Miklós Sebestyén – Der Freischütz by Weber – Schweig, Schweig

Miklós Sebestyén – L’italiana in Algeri by G. Rossini – Gia d’insolito ardore

Miklós Sebestyén – Lakmé by L. Delibes – Lakmé ton doux regard se voile – Moscow Philharmonic Society, May 2021

Miklós Sebestyén – Aleko by S. Rachmaninov, Nancy 2015

Miklós Sebestyén – Lakmé by L. Delibes – C’est un pauvre qui mendie – Moscow Philharmonic Society, May 2021


L’incoronazione di Poppea  by C. Monteverdi at Opernhaus Zürich – Sept. 2021

“Ein überragende Leistung zeigt der Bassbariton Miklos Sebestyén als Neros Berater (und Gewissen) Seneca. Seine Stimme verfügt über ein wunderschönes, warmes Strömen, unaufgeregt, überlegt, traumhaft phrasierend und so die geforderte Ruhe des anerkannten Stoikers ausstrahlend.”

– Erstellt von Kaspar Sannemann, oper-aktuell.info

L’incoronazione di Poppea  by C. Monteverdi at Opernhaus Zürich – Sept. 2021

“Miklós Sebestyén sang Seneca with a deep bass which exuded authority and charisma; his death scene was one of the few moving moments.”

–  Laura Servidei, bachtrack.com

L’incoronazione di Poppea  by C. Monteverdi at Opernhaus Zürich – Sept. 2021

“Hungarian bass Miklós Sebestyén, a name knew to me, offered an extremely convincing account of the part of Seneca. His is a beautiful voice above all, double chocolate and extra cream to the extreme low notes. And he learned a thing or two with his teacher Lászlo Polgár about legato, phrasing and colouring. I can only imagine he must be a good Lieder singer. An exquisite performance.”


L’incoronazione di Poppea  by C. Monteverdi at Opernhaus Zürich – Sept. 2021

“Miklos Sebestyén verkörperte einen mahnenden, dann nachdenklichen und schließlich berührend vom Leben Abschied nehmenden Seneca mit einem zu dieser Rolle fast kontemplativ anmutenden samtenen Bass – eine großartige Darstellung dieser so wichtigen Figur im Stück.”

– Klaus Billand, onlinemerker.com

Khovanshchina by M. Mussorgsky at Wales Millennium Centre – 2017

‘The cast sing and act brilliantly. While Marfa (Sara Fulgoni) glides crazily, prophetically between factions, the Khovanskys (Robert Hayward and Adrian Dwyer) sink into degradation. Murder and self-immolation end their plotting, the latter at the behest of the Old Believers, led with disturbing command by Miklos Sebestyen’s Dosifei.’

– Steph Power, www.independent.co.uk

Khovanshchina by M. Mussorgsky at Wales Millennium Centre – 2017

‘Miklós Sebestyén’s generous bass provided great contrast as the thoughtful and spiritual Dosifei, also revealing reserves of authoritative power particularly at the point where Dosifei is roused to anger in response to the views of Khovansky and Golitsyn. It’s a great part and he made the most of it.’

– Alexander Campbell, www.classicalsource.com