Sebastian Baumgarten was born in Berlin. After studying directing at the Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler Berlin, he worker as an assistant director with figures such as Ruth Berghaus, Einar Schleef and Robert Wilson. From 2003 to 2005 he was Head Director at the Meininger Theater. From 1999 to 2002, he was Head Director at the Staatstheater Kassel, where he produced The Abduction from the Seraglio,Parsifal, Tosca and Der Rosenkavalier.
Since 1992, he has been working as a director both for opera and theatre at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Werther, 2002) and the Semperoper in Dresden (Wozzeck, 2004), for the Bayreuther Festspiele (Tannhäuser, 2011) and at Schauspiel Stuttgart (The Three Penny Opera, 2004), the Volksbühne Berlin, Schauspiel Frankfurt, the Staatsschauspiel Dresden, the Staatsoper Hannover and Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf. His production of Saint Joan of the Stockyards, produced at Schauspielhaus Zürich, was invited to the Theatertreffen festival in Berlin in 2013.
In the 2005/06 season, Baumgarten made his debut at the Komische Oper Berlin with Händel’s Oreste. For his interpretation, the critics of the magazine Opernwelt named him the 2006 Director of the Year. Carmen is his fourth production in Behrenstrasse, following on from Mozart’s Requiem and The White Horse Inn.
In 2013, he travelled to Shanghai to lead a master class, and in the same year, Baumgarten was made a professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, where he is director of the degree in directing, a joint programme with the Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding.