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Sean Fallen (Tenor)

Born: Jefferson City, Missouri, USA

The American lyric tenor, Sean Fallen, studied at the Jefferson City High in Missouri, graduatiing in 1991. He completed a BA in Opera-Theater at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield in 1995, and then went on to Indiana University in Bloomington for his Master of Music degree in voice in 2000. Highlights of his artistic training include his performances as Pong in Turandot and Lippo in Street Scene as a member of the Minnesota Opera's 2001 Resident Artist program. He also received the Adams Fellowship to attend the Carmel Bach Festival in 1999, where he received top-notch oratorio training and performance. Another highlight was his mainstage debut as ein soldat in Wozzeck by Alban Berg during his second season as an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera in 2001. He continued to study privately with Mark Oswald in New York City.

Sean Fallen has made his home equally in the high lyric operatic and oratorio repertory. In the 2002-2003 season, he made his New York City debut with New York City Opera (NYCO) as 2nd Nazarene in Salome, and his European debut as Borsain in Rigoletto at Festival Lyrique en Belle Ile en Mer in France. He was engaged in five other productions at NYCO including Verdi's Rigoletto, George Frideric Handel's Flavio, Puccini's Il Tabarro, and Chabrier's L'Etoile. Following the regular season at NYCO, he sang with the City Opera Showcase, performing the role of Narciso in the world premiere of Harold Blumenfeld's Borgia Infami. His next engagement in 2003 was with the Mostly Mozart Festival's production of Il ré pastore. In December 2003, Fallen made his Avery Fisher Hall debut with the National Chorale in their annual Messiah sing-in. Also in 2003 , Fallen was a winner of the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize in Voice, earning a contract for Haydn's Seasons with the Danbury Symphony Orchestra in May, 2004

In the 2004-2005 season Sean Fallen's engagements included Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at New Jersey State Opera with Alfredo Silipigni, Connecticut Lyric Opera, as well as the Athena Grand Opera; other other performances of the Count include Minnesota Opera, (touring production), and Opera in the Ozarks, Arizona. He performed Pong in Turandot with Fresno Grand Opera, singing this role previously with Minnesota Opera. He also made his Carnegie Hall debut in the J.S. Bachís Magnificat (BWV 243) and returned to Carnegie Hall in G.F. Handel's Messiah with Mid America Productions (June 2005). He also sang Messiah with the National Chorale at Lincoln Center, with the Danbury, CT Symphony Orchestra, as well as J.S. Bachís Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) with the Mystic River Chorale. Another debut was his Alice Tully Hall debut at Lincoln Center as the Irish tenor soloist in a Victor Herbert concert with Collegiate Chorale. Fallen was also honoured in 2004 to collaborate with Lauren Flanagan, singing Comfort Ye and Every Valley to start off her annual "Comfort Ye" concert in New York City, which benefits the homeless. In July 2005, he sang J.S. Bachís Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) with the Berkshire Choral Festival conducted by Gary Wedow.

Operatically, Sean Fallen has sung numerous roles, but a few of his favourites include Fenton [Nicolai], Nemorino, Don Ramiro, Ernesto, Ferrando, and Conte Almaviva . An ideal role for him, he has sung Count Almaviva with Minnesota Opera, (touring production), New Jersey State Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, and The Athena Grand Opera.

Sean Fallen lives in New York City and he is married to Manami Hattori from Jefferson City, Missouri.

Source: Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra Website (2005-2006); American Bach Soloists Website (2005); Sean Fallen profile on Facebook; Bits & pieces from other websites
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2012)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Jan Harrington


BWV 34 [3rd]

Harold Rosenbaum


Video (2014): BWV 244

Links to other Sites

Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra: 2005-2006 Season
Sean Fallen (American Bach Soloists)

Sean Fallen on Facebook

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