Diversely adept onstage, and possessing a voice praised as “warm vocal velvet” by Opera News, American baritone Sean Anderson has been garnering critical acclaim in opera, musical theater, and classical drama since childhood.
A native of Akron OH, Mr. Anderson studied music and voice at the University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degree. After apprenticing at the prestigious San Francisco Opera and Santa Fe Opera companies, he was briefly a member of the cast of Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème on Broadway before embarking on his solo operatic career. Since then, he has appeared with nearly 20 different companies, including the New York City Opera in the Fall of 2007 as the Judge in Margaret Garner. His repertoire list includes dozens of leading roles ranging from Verdi to Mozart to Gilbert & Sullivan, and his magnetic stage presence and powerful voice have won him critical acclaim for both comedy and tragedy.
Mr. Anderson’s 2016-2017 season begins in January when he is honored to be participating in the Sarasota Opera’s Verdi Cycle Grand Finale Season, debuting the role of Don Pizarro in Beethoven’s Fidelio. In addition, he will be a featured soloist on their Verdi Grand Finale Concert, an event that celebrates the completion of the Verdi cycle; every note that Verdi wrote performed by one company – truly an historic moment for Sarasota and grand opera. In April, he returns home to South Carolina for a few concerts and recitals, before heading to Opera Delaware and his debut of Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff. He travels to New Jersey in May to debut the role of Ned Keene with the Princeton Festival’s production of Peter Grimes by Britten. After a summer break, Mr. Anderson returns to Opera Knoxville as the Pirate King in their production of The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan.