Sean Cooper enjoys a diverse artistic life comprised of singing, acting, writing, directing, and lecturing. Praised for his “rich,” “powerful, and “well-tempered” vocal production, appeared as Colline in the original cast of Baz Luhrmann’s Production of Puccini’s La Bohème on Broadway, as well as Riverdance on Broadway. Standout roles include Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, the title roles in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with such companies as Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera Memphis, Pittsburgh Opera, Toledo Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Opera Columbus, Opera North, Opera Theatre of Guam, Sacramento Choral Society, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, and the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Toledo, and Oakland.
As a director and creator of projections and supertitles, Sean has led productions of Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Pelléas et Mélisande, Susannah, Dido and Aeneas, L’incoronazione di Poppea, The Old Maid and the Thief, The Telephone, H.M.S. Pinafore, among others.
Dr. Cooper attended Carnegie-Mellon University, the Manhattan School of Music, and completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a minor concentration in musicology at the University of Memphis. He quickly established his voice in Mozart scholarship regarding late 18th-century recitativo semplice. Winner of the National Opera Association’s Biennial Dissertation Competition, a subsequent article appeared in The Opera Journal. Dr. Cooper has presented for the Toledo Opera Lecture Series, at the National Conference of the College Music Society, and for the Mozart Society of America’s Annual Meeting at the American Musicological Society’s National Conference. This fall he will present a lecture on Le nozze di Figaro for the Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD Broadcast Series at Lincoln Center.