Sean Christensen has been recognized as a tenor with a full, warm, and lyrical timbre, steadily establishing himself professionally in New York City. He has recently appeared as Des Grieux in Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble's production of Manon, Fernando in Bare Opera's production of Granados' Goyescas, as well as Don Ottavio in Opera in Williamsburg's production of Don Giovanni. Other recent performances include Azael in Bare Opera’s production of Ravel's L'enfant prodigue, Gastone in Long Island Opera's La traviata, as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera in Williamsburg, as well as Tamino in The Magic Flute with the Metropolitan Guild. He was a young artist at Caramoor Opera in 2016, where he performed as Oraspe in Aureliano in Palmira. He was an apprentice artist at Sarasota Opera in 2016, where he covered the role of Jaquino in Fidelio, and was awarded the Leo M. Rodgers for Outstanding Apprentice Artist. He was also a studio artist at Chautauqua Opera in 2015, and an Opera North Young Artist in 2014, where he played Daniel Buchanan in Street Scene and covered Freddie Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady.
He has performed excerpts as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Jenik in The Bartered Bride, Don Jose in Carmen, Romeo in Romeo et Juliette, Ruggiero in La rondine, Alfredo in La traviata, Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and as Faust in Gounod's opera. He has performed as a soloist with the American Symphonic Orchestra and with the Mannes Opera.
Mr. Christensen earned a bachelor’s degree in music with a focus on singing at Bard College ('11) and received a master’s degree in music at Mannes College in Manhattan ('14). A Swiss national raised in France and the United States, Mr. Christensen has always been passionate about language. In addition to music, he immersed himself in French and German studies while at Bard. Recently, he traveled to Italy to attend the Classic Lyric Arts program and study with Ubaldo Fabbri, further refining his understanding and performance of Italian repertoire.
Awarded the Margaret Creal Shafer Prize in Performance and the Dr. Richard M. Siegel Memorial prize for Music as recognition of his talent, Mr. Christensen has given several recitals at Bard and Mannes, with repertoire focusing on Strauss, Duparc, Tosti, Poulenc, and many others. He has sung under the baton of Jorge Parodi, Joseph Colaneri, James Bagwell, Leon Botstein, and Louis Burkot. He currently studies with Michael Chioldi.
"But the fact that his opera Crossing is receiving a timely revival as well as its New York premiere is enough to prove that Aucoin is a very hot ticket and a musical voice well worth the listening to"