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Grammy award-winning American Tenor Aaron Sheehan has established himself as a first-rate singer in many styles ranging from oratorio and chamber music, to the opera stage. He regularly performs in the United States, South America, and Europe. He sang the title role in Boston Early Music Festival’s recording of Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers which won Best Opera Recording at the 2015 Grammy Awards.
Known especially for his Baroque interpretations, Aaronn Sheehan’s voice has been described by the Boston Globe as “superb: his tone classy, clear, and refined, encompassing fluid lyricism and ringing force” and the Washington Post praised his “Polished, lovely tone.”
His singing has taken him to many festivals and venues including; Tanglewood, the Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Washington National Cathedral, the early music festivals of Boston, San Francisco, Vancouver, Houston, Tucson, Washington DC, and Madison, as well as the Regensburg Tage Alter Musik.
Aaron Sheehan made his professional operatic début with Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) as Ivan, in the world premiere staging of Mattheson’s Boris Gudenow, a role for which Opera News praised his voice as “sinous and supple”. He has since performed with BEMF in such leading roles as L’Amour and Apollon in Lully’s Psyché, Actéon in Charpentier’s Actéon, Orfeo Orfeo, Eurimaco Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Acis in Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Liberto/Soldato L’incoronazione di Poppea. He has also performed with American Opera Theater and Intermezzo Chamber Opera in leading roles of operas by Cavalli, Handel, Weill, and Satie.
On the concert stage, Aaron Sheehan enjoys a reputation as a first rate interpreter of the oratorios and cantatas of Bach and Handel and the oratorios and masses of Mozart. The San Diego Classical Voice said, “Tenor Aaron Sheehan performed the role of Evangelist, and sang with assured vocal and linguistic fluency, tasked with telling the audience the story while imparting its drama. In this regard, he was superb.”
Aaron Sheehan has performed concerts with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Baroque, Tafelmusik, North Carolina Symphony, New York Collegium, Charlotte Symphony, Boston Cecilia, Charleston Bach Festival, Baltimore Handel Choir, Les Voix Baroque, Pacific Chorale, Tempesta di Mare, Aston Magna Festival, Bach Collegium San Diego, Washington National Cathedral, Pacific Music Works, Boston Museum Trio, Magnificat, Tragicomedia, the Folger Consort, and Concerto Palatino. He recently made his début at Carmel Bach Festival in Bach’s St John Passion.
He has appeared on many recordings, including the Grammy nominated operas Thésée and Psyché of Lully, and Agostino Steffani’s Niobe, recorded with BEMF on the CPO label. He also sings Acis on BEFM’s recording of Acis and Galatea due for release shortly.
His recent performances have included Apollon and Trajan in Rameau’s Le Temple de la Gloire with the Philharmonia Baroque under Nicholas McGegan, Bach Mass in B minor with Calgary Philharmonic and with Boston Baroque, Alexander’s Feast with American Bach Soloists, Mozart Requiem with Gloriae Dei Cantores, Monteverdi chamber concerts with the Magnificat Ensemble in San Francisco, the title role in Gluck’s Orphée with Pacific Music Works, and performances of Handel Messiah, Bach Easter Oratorio, Monteverdi Vespers, Rameau Cantatas and Charpentier’s La Fête de Ruel.
Aaron Sheehan’s forthcoming performances include Orfeo Le Carnaval de Venise with Boston Early Music Festival, Mr By-Ends The Pilgrim’s Progress with Gloriae Dei Cantores, Eumete Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Opera Atelier, Toronto, Mozart Requiem with Mercury Houston, and further performances of Handel Messiah with Seattle Symphony and Boston Baroque, and Bach St Matthew Passion, St John Passion, Mass in B Minor, and Magnificat.
A native of Minnesota, Aaron Sheehan holds a BA from Luther College and a MM in Early Voice Performance from Indiana University. He is currently on the voice faculty of Boston University.