For the physical actor, a full story can be told without the presence of dialogue.
Sean Cooper, praised for his “rich,” “powerful, and “well-tempered” vocal production, appeared as Colline in the original cast of Baz Luhrmann’s Production of Puccini’s La Bohème on Broadway, as well as Riverdance on Broadway. Standout roles include Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, the title roles in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Mendelssohn's Elijah, and the baritone soloist in the world premiere of Christopher Dietz’s Only a Breath.
Sean has performed with such companies as Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera , Opera Carolina, Opera Memphis, Pittsburgh Opera, Toledo Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Opera Columbus, Opera North, Liederkranz Opera, Opera Theatre of Guam, Sacramento Choral Society, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, and the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Toledo, Lima, Warren, and Oakland. Musical theatre and operetta productions include Carousel, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, Chess, The Fantasticks, Gypsy, Kiss me Kate, South Pacific, La Cage aux Folles, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Sean has worked with such esteemed artists as Baz Luhrmann, Charles Riecker, Paul Gemignani, Julius Rudel, Patti Lupone, and Marvin Hamlisch.
Dr. Cooper attended Carnegie Mellon, Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Memphis. Winner of the National Opera Association’s Biennial Dissertation Competition, he has been published in The Opera Journal, has presented in national Conferences for the American Musicological Society, College Music Society, Mozart Society of America, and in the Toledo Opera Lecture Series. Recent stage directing projects include Don Giovanni at First Coast Opera and Susannah with Toledo Opera.
Colline - Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème
Irish Choir - Riverdance on Broadway
El Gallo - The Fantasticks!
Jigger - Carousel
Pirate King - Pirates of Penzance
Caiaphas - Jesus Christ Superstar
Pirate King u/s - Pirates of Penzance
Customs Sergeant - La Bohème
Pastey - Gypsy
Etienne - La Cage aux Folles
Ferenc - Chess
Lt. McCaffery - South Pacific
Dr. Carrasco - Man of LaMancha
Dr. Hall - 1776
Stanley - A Streetcar Named Desire
Leporello - Don Giovanni
The King - Aida
Angelotti - Tosca
Alidoro - La Cenerentola
The Baron - La Traviata
Colline - La Bohème
Mandarin - Turandot
Speaker - Der Kaiser von Atlantis
Dritte - Der Jasager
u/s Broadway Theater (Original cast)
Theater of Pittsburgh
St. Michael’s Playhouse
Arizona Theater Co./Kansas City Rep.
The Ahmanson Theater
Totem Pole Playhouse
Opera Theater of Pittsburgh
Student Opera Theater of Pittsburgh
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