Sean Panikkar is a graduate of the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship Program, and is a former member of the Pittsburgh Opera Center, Central City Opera Studio Artist program, and Seagle Music Colony. He holds degrees in voice performance from the University of Michigan. The American tenor of Sri Lankan heritage won a George London Award in 2009; he was also a first prize winner of the 2010 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition.
During the 2013-14 season Mr. Panikkar’s operatic engagements include the role of Rodolfo in La Bohème at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth for his debut at Palm Beach Opera, and return engagements with Pittsburgh Opera as Tamino in The Magic Flute and with Fort Worth Opera as Nadir inBizet’s The Pearl Fishers. Mr. Panikkar’s concert schedule includes performances of Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E-flat major with the Milwaukee Symphony, Stravinsky’s Perséphone with the American Symphony Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the San Diego Symphony.
Mr. Panikkar is a member of Forte, a tenor trio that debuted on NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2013. Their debut recording on Columbia Records was released last month. He can also be heard on DVDs of Manon Lescaut from the Metropolitan Opera on EMI and Mozart’s Zaïde at the Aix-en-Provence Festival on Opus Arte. He appeared with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2007. These performances mark his San Francisco Symphony debut.