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Karim Sulayman



Biography

Karim Sulayman, tenor, is consistently praised for his sensitive musicianship, vivid portrayals, and beautiful voice. With a vast repertoire  that spans from the Renaissance to contemporary music, he has firmly established himself as a sophisticated  and versatile artist of his generation.

Recent highlights  include engagements at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Aldeburgh  Festival and Snape Proms, the Casals Festival, Aspen Music Festival and the International Bach Festival. Mr. Sulayman recently completed  three seasons at the Marlboro Music Festival collaborating with Mitsuko Uchida and Richard Goode, and continues to focus on championing  vocal chamber music under the auspices of Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, Cleveland ChamberFest, among other esteemed presenters, and earlier this season performed programs of French chamber works at the Roman River Festival in the UK which were recorded by the BBC. Also in the 2016-2017 season he debuted with Houston Grand Opera as Albert in the world premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s Some Light Emerges.

This season he looks forward to debuts with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Messiah, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra as Testo in Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi  e Clorinda, his professional acting debut in Karin Coonrod’s groundbreaking production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (Off Broadway), and to a US national tour as the title role in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra, along with the release of his debut solo album of 17th-century Italian composers on the AVIE label. Next season he plays the role of Claudio Monteverdi at Stockholm’s beloved Drottningholms Slottsteater in the world premiere of The Voice of Europa.  He also appears and sings “I go on” from Mass in the upcoming ARTE documentary Leonard Bernstein - The Composer, to be aired throughout Europe in the summer of 2018 and subsequently released on DVD.

His growing discography includes the title role in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, and two releases for NAXOS in works of Philidor and Grétry, as well as the release of Sephardic Journey with Apollo's Fire on AVIE which debuted at the Number 2 slot on the Billboard World Music Chart and Number 5 on the Classical Chart. He's also featured on the album of Jonathan Dawe's 21st-century chamber works, Piercing are the Darts, on the Furious Artisans label and on the future EP release of Matt Frey's new chamber opera 111 Heavy with the ensemble Hotel Elefant.

Mr. Sulayman’s musical education began with violin studies at age three, and years as a boy alto soloist, which included performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti and the St. Louis Symphony under Leonard Slatkin. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Rice University and also studied improvisation  at the Second City Training Center in Chicago 'cause he's funny... seriously.

Upcoming Events

  • National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's <em>Messiah</em> National Symphony Orchestra: Handel's Messiah

    Join the NSO, gifted singers, and a heavenly chorus for this holiday tradition! Experience all of the hope, redemption, and grace of Handel's cherished Messiah in the festively decorated Concert Hall.

Karim Sulayman.