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Sean Panikkar


American tenor Sean Panikkar last appeared at WNO as Narraboth in Salome (2010). He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Edmondo in Manon Lescaut in 2008 under the baton of James Levine and his European debut at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as Gomatz in Mozart's Zaïde directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by Louis Langrée. This season he debuts at Opera Boston in the title role of Berlioz' Béatrice et Bénédict, at Glimmerglass Festival as The Leader in Kurt Weill's Lost in the Stars, and at San Diego Opera as Narraboth in Salome. In return engagements, he sings Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles for Pittsburgh Opera, as well as Narraboth for New Orleans Opera. Highlights of recent seasons include Roméo et Juliette under the baton of Plácido Domingo as well as Lucia di Lammermoor conducted by Marco Armiliato at the Metropolitan Opera; La traviata at Arizona Opera; Salome with the Vancouver Opera; The Ghosts of Versailles at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; and The Queen of Spades, Le pauvre matelot, The Maid of Orleans, Manon Lescaut, Tristan und Isolde, Fidelio, Norma, and Die Zauberflöte, all at San Francisco Opera. He has performed Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (chamber arrangement by Arnold Schoenberg) with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra at the Ojai Festival; Die Zauberflöte with Leonard Slatkin and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and The Tristan Project in Los Angeles and at Lincoln Center. He is a former member of the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship Program, Pittsburgh Opera Center, Central City Opera Studio Artist program, and Seagle Music Colony. He holds master's and bachelor's degrees in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan.

March 2012
Sean Panikkar