Sebastian F. Schwarz

Sebastian F. Schwarz became General Director of Glyndebourne in May 2016.

Before this he was Deputy Artistic Director of Theater an der Wien in Vienna, a role he occupied for nine seasons.

Born in 1974 in Germany, Sebastian F. Schwarz studied vocal performance and musicology in Berlin and vocal performance and theatre management in Venice. He has held a variety of positions in opera companies, including a period in company management at Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland and as assistant to the opera director at Staatsoper Hamburg.

In addition to his role at Theater an der Wien, Sebastian is Artistic Director and co-founder of the Pietro Antonio Cesti International Voice Competition for Baroque Opera in Innsbruck, and CEO and Artistic Director of the Vienna Chamber Opera which was incorporated into Theater an der Wien in 2012, and for which he founded an international ensemble of singers who perform for both companies. He is a sought-after voice specialist and a regular jury member for major international voice competitions.

Mr Schwarz has advised various cultural institutions and festivals on programming and casting and is a sought after voice specialist and a regular member of juries of important international voice competitions. He regularly teaches masterclasses for institutions and academies across Europe and beyond and is also a lecturer at the Vienna University of Performing Arts.

Mr Schwarz is a passionate linguist, speaking eight languages and an active beekeeper in the Eastern Alps, near Vienna.