Although Sébastien Rouland studied violoncello, it became very early obvious that he was to become a conductor. His mentors were Pierre Cao and Marc Minkowski. Time and again he has proved to be an enthusiastic and genuine champion of the French music, from Rameau to Offenbach, Massenet and Poulenc. As for every great conductor, his repertoire is however not exclusive at all, including Haendel, Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Wagner, Britten, Glass as well as many other composers.
From 2002 to 2004 he was first guest conductor at the Lucerne Opera where he soon proved with brio his musical versatility, conducting Lully's »Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme«, Gluck's »Armide«, Mozart's »Lucio Silla« and »Die Zauberflöte«, Rossini's »Mosé in Egitto«, Wagner's »Der fliegende Holländer« and Bizet's »Carmen«.
He has since performed as a guest conductor in opera companies such as the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Opéra Comique Paris, the Opéra de Lyon, the Staatsoper Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper Stuttgart, the Aalto-Musiktheater Essen, the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, the Oper Leipzig, the Vienna Volksoper, the Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos in Lisbon, the Tel Aviv Opera, or the Mexico City Opera.
In 2015 Sébastien Rouland made his successful debut at the Opéra national de Paris conducting Gluck's »Alceste«. Further projects include Handel's »Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno« at the Staatsoper Berlin, and Gounod's »Faust« at the Aalto-Theater Essen (new production).
Sébastien Rouland has performed in concert with orchestras such as Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Zürich, the Orchestras of the Handel Festivals in Halle and in Karlsruhe, the Staatskapelle in Karlsruhe, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestre National de Lyon.