Sean Panikkar is recognized for his “surpassing musicality and passion, commanding self-confidence and gorgeous expression.” The American tenor of Sri Lankan heritage made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2007-08 season under the baton of James Levine in Manon Lescaut (commercially available on DVD on EMI), and his European operatic debut in Mozart’s Zaïde at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in a production directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by Louis Langrée (commercially available on DVD on Opus Arte).

 

    During the 2013-14 season operatic engagements include the role of Rodolfo in a new production of La bohème staged by Francesca Zambello at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Macduff in Macbeth for the tenor’s debut at Palm Beach Opera, and return engagements with Pittsburgh Opera as Tamino in The Magic Flute and with Fort Worth Opera as Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles.  The artist’s dynamic concert schedule includes performances of Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E-flat Major with Hans Graf and the Milwaukee Symphony, Stravinsky’s Perséphonewith Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Ken-David Masur and the San Diego Symphony, and Händel’s Messiah with Ragnar Bohlin and the San Francisco Symphony.

 

    Sean Panikkar is a member of Forte, a new operatic tenor group combining voices from different cultures into one incredible sound.  The trio was created and debuted for the first time ever on Americas Got Talent and had never met until only days before their first audition. During the summer 2013 broadcasts of America’s Got Talent, Forte was seen and heard by tens of millions of television viewers in national broadcasts on NBC.  Their self-titled debut recording on Columbia Records is released in November 2013.

 

    Highlights of recent seasons include a new production of Nabucco at Washington National Opera, the title role of Béatrice et Bénédict with Opera Boston, Weill’s Lost in the Stars at the Glimmerglass Festival, Salome both at Washington National Opera in the company’s new Francesca Zambello production and at the Saito Kinen Festival in performances conducted by Omer Meir Wellber, a debut at Santa Fe Opera as Kodanda in a new production of Menotti’s rarely produced The Last Savage directed by Ned Canty and conducted by George Manahan, Cassio in a new production of Otello, conducted by Graeme Jenkins and directed by Tim Albery, to open the Winspear Opera House at the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, Don Giovanni and Les pêcheurs de perles at Pittsburgh Opera, Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath with the American Symphony Orchestra in his Carnegie Hall debut, and both Lensky inEugene Onegin and Count Almaviva in The Ghosts of Versailles with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

 

    Mr. Panikkar’s numerous engagements with the Metropolitan Opera feature the roles of Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette sharing the stage with Hei-Kyung Hong and Piotr Beczala under the baton of Plácido Domingo, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor conducted by Marco Armiliato, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos led by Kirill Petrenko, Prunier in La rondine, and Cassio inOtello.  A graduate of the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship Program, Mr. Panikkar’s many performances with that Company include roles in The Queen of Spades, Le Pauvre Matelot,The Maid of Orleans, Manon Lescaut, Tristan und Isolde, Fidelio, Norma, and Die Zauberflöte. 

 

    Symphonic performances include Tristan und Isolde with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Michael Christie and the Phoenix Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Raymond Leppard and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and with Alasdair Neale at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (in the chamber arrangement by Arnold Schoenberg) with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra at the Ojai Festival,  and Tchaikovsky’s Duet from Romeo and Juliet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.  He also has joined Esa-Pekka Salonen, Peter Sellars, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for The Tristan Project in Los Angeles and at Lincoln Center.

 

    Sean Panikkar has been honored by the George London Foundation with the 2007 Robert Jacobson Memorial Award and a 2009 George London Award; he also is a First Prize winner of the 2010 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, and second place winner in the 2009 International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition.  He is a former member of the Pittsburgh Opera Center, Central City Opera Studio Artist program, and Seagle Music Colony.   He holds Master’s and Bachelor degrees in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan. 


 

 

 

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