Sean Cooper, a native of Eugene, Oregon, recently covered Leperello in Don Giovanni at Opera Memphis. He also appeared as Colline in the original Broadway cast of Baz Luhrmann's La Bohème. In the Los Angeles production, Sean received an Alliance Ovation Award. He has performed various productions of La Bohème in San Francisco, New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Guam. Sean has performed such roles as Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, Betto in Gianni Schicchi, Speaker in The Emperor of Atlantis, Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Seneca in L'Incoronazione di Poppea, and David in Barber's A Hand of Bridge.
Oratorio work includes the role of Jesus in Bach's Passion of St. John, soloist in Schubert's Mass in C Major, and the bass soloist in Handel's Messiah. Sean has performed with such companies as Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Opera North, Liederkranz Opera, Opera Theatre of Guam, and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. He has also enjoyed extensive participation in the realm of musical theatre and operetta, including productions of Carousel, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, Chess, Gypsy, Kiss Me Kate, South Pacific, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Sean has worked with such esteemed artists as Baz Luhrmann, Charles Riecker, Paul Gemignani, Julius Rudela, Patti Lupone, and Marvin Hamlisch. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was recipient of the Edward G. Oakley Musical Theatre Scholarship, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Memphis. Most recently, Sean received the Handel Award in the Orpheus Vocal Competition in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Opera Carolina Performances:
Pirates of Penzance (2006–2007)