Grammy award-winning American tenor Aaron Sheehan has established himself as a first-rate singer in many styles ranging from oratorio to 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, Aaron Sheehan sings in a manner that has been described by the Boston Globe as “superb: his tone classy, clear, and refined, encompassing fluid lyricism and ringing force”; 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 Tage Alter Musik Regensburg.
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 “sinuous 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 in Orfeo, Eurimaco in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Acis in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, and Liberto/Soldato in Monteverdi’s 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.”
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.
Aaron Sheehan’s forthcoming performances include Orfeo in Le Carnaval de Venise with Boston Early Music Festival; Eumete in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Opera Atelier, Toronto; Mozart’s Requiem with Gloriæ Dei Cantores and Mercury Houston; and further performances of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s 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.