Sébastien Obrecht’s original musical career was as a cellist with leading ensembles, but he then decided to pursue a career as a tenor in opera. He debuted in Paul McCreesh’s rendition of Handel’s Mathan in Athalia oratorio. The production by the Académie d'Ambronay was broadcast in radio programme “Musiques au Coeur”, and his performance by praised by critics, who wrote: “…among which stands out the elegance of the tenor, Sébastien Obrecht" (“Le Monde de la Musique”), “Sébastien Obrecht, the revelation of the evening…” (“La Croix”), “…with the French tenor with a subtle voice, Sébastien Obrecht, singing the role of Baal’s priest." (“Musical Opinion”).
Since then, the artist has been invited by various ensembles, including Le Concert Spirituel, La Simphonie du Marais, Le Parlement de la Musique, Les Passions, La Chapelle Rhénane, Le Baroque Nomade. Recently, he sung a solo tenor part in Campra’s Requiem under the baton of Lionel Sow at Notre-Dame de Paris.
Sebastien performs the classical, Romantic and contemporary repertoire with great ease and freedom. He could be seen as Don Ottavio and Tamino in operas by Mozart, as the narrator in Berlioz’s L'enfance du Christ and in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, led by Cyril Diederich. He also played the role of Don José in many productions of Carmen, including the British production under the baton of John Gibbons. Also noteworthy was his interpretation of Mr. Martin in J.P. Calvin’s La Cantatrice Chauve directed by François Berreur, which he performed with Orchestra Lamoreux at Théatre de l'Athénée, and his acclaimed role of Tambourmajor in André Engel’s production of Wozzeck at Royaumont. Jean-Christophe Spinosi gave him the title role in Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo at Rennes Opera.
The artist won the 2013 Armel Opera Competition in Szeged. Thanks to this success, he was selected to play the role of Peter Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at the Istanbul Opera. He was also the first foreign tenor, who played the role of Abesalom in Zakaria Paliashvili’s Abesalom da Eteri at the Tbilisi Opera in 2014. In summer of 2013 he sung in Haydn’s Nelson-Messe and the works of Tarik O’Regan at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. He also performed in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle directed by Charlotte Nessi, under the baton of Lionel Sow with Justiniana ensemble.