Sebastian Durán (b 1989) began to study classical singing at the age of 15, alongside his cello- and harp studies in the town of Kristianstad in the south of Sweden.
At the age of 18 he moved to Stockholm to continue his vocal studies with baritone Karl-Magnus Fredriksson, Court Singer at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. After studying for him for two years he got accepted at the Malmö Academy of Music where he studied in 2010-2013 with Britta Johansson, Assistant Master in Vocal Performance.
After graduation from the Malmö Academy of Music Durán began to study at the University College of Opera in Stockholm with Ulrika Tenstam, and Leif Lundberg until 2016.
In the summer of 2014 he sang The Wolf in composer Daniel Hjort’s newly written opera The Deepest Place, which toured around Denmark and southern Sweden and Laertes in Hamlet in Abcentia in Denmark in 2016 and 2017 (Hugi Gudmundsson).
The most recent being the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni which he performed on tour with Malmö Opera and at Copenhagen Opera Festival 2016. At Malmö Opera he has also sung the role of Emanuel in composer Jonas Forsell’s newly written opera Drottningens Juvelsmycke and The Crow in The Snowqueen by Benjamin Staern.
Sebastians next quest is the leading role of Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest – world premiere at Vadstena Academy, summer 2017.
Studied roles are Hamlet by Thomas, Marullo in Rigoletto, Melisso in Alcina, both Figaro and Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte.
He has also sung repertoire such as the baritone-solo in Carmina Burana by Orff and the bass-solo in Symfoni nr 9 ”An die Freude” by Beethoven and Requiem by Brahms. .
Sebastian has received several scholarships: Important Barbro Salén Scholarship in 2016, The Royal Swedish Academy of Music in the years of 2014, 2013 and 2012. He is also a recipient of the Family of John Andersson in Anderslöv’ Scholarship in 2015, the Joel Berglund scholarship in 2012 and the Culture-Scholarship from the Municipality of Kristianstad in 2009 and the Loa Falkman Scholarship in 2007.
Photo: Basil Rodericks.