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Classically trained 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.

Recent and Upcoming: Sean Anderson was the title role in Guillaume Tell with both Baltimore Concert Opera and a staging with Opera Southwest; he was the title role in Gianni Schicchi / Buosco’s Ghost with OperaDelaware; joined performances at Lincoln Center with Philharmonia Orchestra of New York in La traviata; and was the title role as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Northern Lights Music Festival. He returned to Knoxville Opera for Gianni Schicchi and The Impressario; was Telramund in Lohengrin with Opera Southwest; and returned to The Princeton Festival in the title role of Nixon In China. He was Sharpless with Knoxville Opera and returned to Sarasota Opera in his eight-season with the company as Gellner in La Wally. This season he sings Rossini's one-act, La scala di seta, as Germano at Sarasota and is Harry Haskell in Dayton Opera's Finding Wright in a world-premiere.

HIghlights from previous seasons include The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance; concerts with Intermountain Opera with a return engagement as Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music; and, he returned to OperaDelaware as Dandini in La Cenerentola. In the previous seasons he was Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Intermountain Opera; had his role debut as Eisenstein with Opera Naples in Die Fledermaus; returned to Sarasota Opera for his seventh season as Don Pizzaro in Fidelio; was Ford in Falstaff with Baltimore Concert Opera and OperaDelaware; and, sang Ned in Peter Grimes at The Princeton Festival.

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), Don Pizarro (Fidelio), title role (Don Giovanni), 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, he holds a B.M and M.M in performance of voice from University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music. 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.

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Le nozze di Figaro -- Princeton Festival

“With his imposing height and spontaneity as an actor, Sean Anderson’s Count dominated the action. Anderson was much more than a leering predator and a philandering husband—he seemed constantly on the verge of losing his sense of self-worth. By letting us see the Count’s vulnerability early on, his final plea for the Countess’s forgiveness felt prepared, and there was no question it was sincere. Rather than bend the knee formally, he sank to the floor like a defeated little boy who finally understands the gift he’s squandered. Ideally cast, (he) offered smooth, flexible, resonant voice…expressive and in full command of the material.” 

— Opera News











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