Classically trained early for the Shakespearian stage, Sean Anderson has received high recognition for having a voice of “warm vocal velvet” by Opera News and is diversely adept onstage in opera, musical theater and classical drama. His repertoire list includes dozens of leading roles ranging from Verdi to Mozart to Gilbert & Sullivan and his magnetic stage presence and authoritative voice have won him critical acclaim for both comedy and tragedy.
Upcoming and within the season: the Pirate King with Knoxville Opera in The Pirates of Penzance; returns to Intermountain Opera as Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music; returns to OperaDelaware as Dandini in La Cenerentola and sings title role of Guillaume Tell with Opera Southwest. Last season he was reëngaged with Intermountain Opera for summer concerts; was Malatesta in Don Pasquale at Intermountain Opera; he debuted with Opera Naples as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Opera Naples; returned to Sarasota Opera for his seventh season as Don Pizzaro in Fidelio; was Ford in Falstaff with OperaDelaware; and returned to the Princeton Festival as Ned in Peter Grimes.
In past seasons Sean Anderson reprised the role of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with the Princeton Festival after his appearance with Sarasota Opera’s 2015 season; the title role of Don Giovanni with Soo Theater in Michigan; and concerts as soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Among the roles active in his repertoire include; John Proctor (The Crucible), Iago (Otello), George (Of Mice and Men), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Marcello and Schaunard (La bohème), Zurga (Les pêcheurs de perles), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Silvio (Pagliacci), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Captain Corcoran (H.M.S. Pinafore), Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), Enrico (Il campanello), and the Judge (Margaret Garner).
He has been engaged with such notable companies as the Santa Fe Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Sarasota Opera, Knoxville Opera, the former New York City Opera, New Jersey State Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Columbus, Opera Southwest, Opera Theatre of Lucca, and the former touring arm of the San Francisco Opera, Western Opera Theater.
A native of Akron OH, Mr. Anderson, studied music and voice at the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music receiving his B.M. and M.M. in performance. He has been honored by the Irma M. Cooper Competition, American Traditions Competition, McKay Award from Santa Fe Opera, and the Adams Award for Outstanding Performance. He was a member of the esteemed young artist programs of San Francisco Opera Merola Program and Santa Fe Opera companies and was a cast member of Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème on Broadway before embarking on his solo operatic career.
More on Sean Anderson at: http://www.seandavidanderson.com/
“Sean Anderson as Zurga, the recently elected leader of the small fishing village, is the most impressive of the principals. A stentorian baritone, he commands the stage impressively. His aria opening the third act shows a man with deeply torn emotions.”
— Albuquerque Journal
Eisenstein, sung with tremendous skill and appeal by Sean Anderson, is by far the star of this production. We’ve heard him in roles as varied as George in “Of Mice and Men,” John Proctor in “The Crucible” and Papageno in “The Magic Flute,” and he’s always made an excellent impression.
But his performance in “Die Fledermaus” was the best, yet. Originally conceived for a tenor but generally performed by a baritone, Anderson’s upper range has come into full bloom, ringing like a tenor with baritone heft. He pretty much owned the evening. “
— Saratoga Longboat