Aaron Sheehan, Tenor – Helen Sykes Artists' Management

Aaron Sheehan

TENOR

Described as “one of the finest Baroque tenors on the circuit…with polished, lovely tone”.

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Equally at home on the concert platform and the opera stage, Aaron Sheehan 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.

Read Aaron Sheehan’s full biography below.

Current Highlights

Orphée La descente d’Orphée aux enfers (Charpentier) with Boston Early Music Festival won the GRAMMY AWARD for Best Opera Recording.

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Eumete  The Return of Ulysses Opera Atelier, Toronto

Tenor Soloist The OrphEus Project (a dance project) The New Zealand Dance Company with baroque ensemble Latitude 37.

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Dom Pedro and Octavio  L’Europe Galante (Campra) and Tenor Soloist Charpentier Te Deum Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles at Musikfestspiele Sanssouci und Nikolaisaal, Potsdam.

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“The tenor Aaron Sheehan, brought shining quality and deep sensitivity to the title role (Orfeo).”
JAMES OESTREICH  NEW YORK TIMES

“…Aaron Sheehan swanned through as Orfeo, singing beautifully while dispensing vanity and attitude, flirting and grandstanding with fans and patrons…”
DAVID SHENGOLD  OPERA MAGAZINE

“Gabrielle Philiponet and Aaron Sheehan rendered the love duet in the final act in brilliant, crystalline colors.”
JOSHUA KOSMAN  SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“Aaron Sheehan put his vocal flexibility and honeyed tone to good use as the god Apollo and the magnanimous king Trajan.”
ILANA WALDER-BIESANZ  BACHTRACK

“The most impressive performance comes from Aaron Sheehan (as Ulisse’s son Telemaco) whose light lyrical voice delivers the music with utter naturalness.”
ANTHONY PRYER  BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

“To single out Saturday’s star, it’s hard to imagine a better reading of the central part of Orfeo himself than the one given by the young American tenor Aaron Sheehan.”
GEORGE HARPER  BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER

Biography

Biography

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Described as “one of the finest Baroque tenors on the circuit” (Boston Globe) Grammy award-winning American Tenor Aaron Sheehan is equally at home on the concert platform and the opera stage.  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.

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.”

Engagements have taken him to many major venues including Tanglewood Festival, 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.  He recently made his début at Carmel Bach Festival in Bach’s St John Passion.

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”.  Further roles with BEMF have included L’Amour and Apollon in Lully’s Psyché, Actéon in Charpentier’s Actéon, Orfeo, Eurimaco Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Liberto/Soldato L’incoronazione di Poppea and Acis Acis and Galatea.  He has also performed leading roles in operas by Cavalli, Handel, Weill, and Satie.

Aaron Sheehan also enjoys a reputation as a first-rate interpreter of the oratorios and cantatas of Bach and Handel and the oratorios and masses of Mozart.  He  has performed concerts with Seattle Symphony, American Bach Soloists, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Baroque, Tafelmusik, North Carolina Symphony, New York Collegium, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, 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. 

Recent performances have included Mr By-Ends The Pilgrim’s Progress and Mozart Requiem with Gloriae Dei Cantores, Orfeo Le Carnaval de Venise with Boston Early Music Festival, Apollon and Trajan in Rameau’s Le Temple de la Gloire with the Philharmonia Baroque, Messiah with Seattle Symphony and Boston Baroque, Bach Mass in B minor with Calgary Philharmonic and Boston Baroque, Alexander’s Feast with American Bach Soloists, Monteverdi chamber concerts with the Magnificat Ensemble in San Francisco, the title role in Gluck’s Orphée with Pacific Music Works, and performances of Bach Easter Oratorio, Charpentier La Fête de Ruel,  Handel Messiah, Monteverdi Vespers and Rameau Cantatas.

Aaron Sheehan’s recent and forthcoming performances include Orlando Orlando generoso with Boston Early Music Festival, The Orpheus Project (a dance programme centring on works featuring the Orfeo myth) with New Zealand Dance Company, Eumete Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Opera Atelier, Toronto, Dom Pedro and Ottavio in Campra’s L’Europe galante for the Centre de Music Baroque de Versailles at the Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, and further performances of 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.

This biography is not for publication.  Please contact the office for an updated version.

Media

Comfort Ye Messiah (Handel)
Euridice n'est plus La descente d'Orphée aux enfers (Charpentier)
Op. 31, Pastoral Serenade for tenor, horn and strings (Britten)
Ce seroit Grand Dommage Psyché (Lully)

Discography

Aaron Sheehan – Handel's

Handel: “Acis & Galatea”


Appears in the title role of Acis with the Boston Early Music Festival, directed by Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs (CPO Label).

Aaron Sheehan – Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs

Charpentier: La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs


2015 GRAMMY Award-Winning CD for Best Opera Recording – Aaron appears in the title role of Orphée with the Boston Early Music Festival, directed by Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs (CPO Label).

Aaron Sheehan – Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe

Steffani: Niobe, Regina di Tebe


GRAMMY-Nominated for Best Opera Recording 2016 – Aaron appears in the role of Clearte with the Boston Early Music Festival, directed by Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs (Erato Label).

Aaron Sheehan – Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria

Monteverdi: Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria


GRAMMY-Nominated for Best Opera Recordng 2016 – Aaron appears in the role of Telemaco with Boston Baroque, directed by Martin Pearlman (Linn Records).

Aaron Sheehan – Charpentier's Actéon

Charpentier: Actéon


Aaron sung the title role of Actéon with the BEMF, directed by Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs (CPO Label).

Aaron Sheehan – Lully’s “Psyché” Roles of “L’Amour” and “Apollon”

Lully: “Psyché” Roles of “L’Amour” and “Apollon”


GRAMMY-Nominated for Best Opera Recording 2009 – appeared with the BEMF, directed by Paul O’dette and Stephen Stubbs (CPO Label).

Contact

Helen Sykes
+44 (0)20 8780 0060
+44 (0)7799 673367

helen@helensykesartists.co.uk

Mary Craig
+44 (0)20 8780 0060
mary@helensykesartists.co.uk

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