Sean Panikkar tenor
About Sean PanikkarTenor Sean Panikkar makes his NCO debut this season as Don José in Carmen. His 2018-19 season also includes his LA Opera debut as Gandhi in Glass’s Satyagraha, a return to the Festival d’Aix en Provence in Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, Rodolfo in La bohème at Pittsburgh Opera, and as Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. On the concert stage, the American tenor of Sri Lankan descent is heard at the Seattle Symphony and Las Vegas Philharmonic.
Mr. Panikkar created the roles of Adam in Battistelli’s CO2 at Teatro alla Scala, Wendell Smith in Sonenberg and Campbell’s The Summer King at Pittsburgh Opera and Michigan Opera Theatre, Agent Henry Rathbone in David Little’s JFK at the Fort Worth Opera and Opéra de Montréal, and the title role in Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
He has given nearly 50 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, including appearances in The Death of Klinghoffer, Guillaume Tell, Roméo et Juliette, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Ariadne auf Naxos. He also has appeared at Washington National Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Royal Albert Hall in London, Cincinnati Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, The Atlanta Opera, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Symphonic engagements include appearances at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.