Sanford Sylvan

Biography

Born: New York, NY  
American baritone Sanford Sylvan is perhaps best known for his acclaimed participation in the John Adams operas Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer; other operatic appearances have generally been just as well received. However, Sylvan's career has been much more intensely focused on the art song repertory -- a commitment that has not gone unnoticed by recital goers and lieder/chanson-loving record buyers.

Sylvan was born in New
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When performing and recording art songs, Sanford Sylvan invariably casts David Breitman in the role of pianist; their collaborations, especially of Gabriel Fauré's chansons, are treasured. In 2000, Sanford Sylvan and David Breitman presented The Glass Hammer, a new song cycle by Jorge Martin, to a Carnegie Hall audience. Read less

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Biography

Born: New York, NY  
American baritone Sanford Sylvan is perhaps best known for his acclaimed participation in the John Adams operas Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer; other operatic appearances have generally been just as well received. However, Sylvan's career has been much more intensely focused on the art song repertory -- a commitment that has not gone unnoticed by recital goers and lieder/chanson-loving record buyers.

Sylvan was born in New
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WORKS ALBUMS
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Kyrie (Prologue): Arioso: Shee Na Sha (oh-oo-ah) (Bass, Chorus) - Recitative and Aria: Alakeri i psihi mya kravyi (My entire soul is a cry) (Baritone, Chorus)
Dies Irae, Part I: Day of Trinity: Dies irae, dies illa (Day of Wrath) (Chorus) - Recitative and Arioso: Woe to the multitude (Bass) - Arioso: My family did not believe (Soprano) - ...
Dies Irae, Part I: Day of Trinity: Aria: To whom can I speak (Soprano) - The night after Hiroshima (Tenor, Narrator) - We have killed (Tenor, Bass, Chorus) - Aria: That first night...
Dies Irae, Part I: Day of Trinity: Finale, Part I: Liber scriptus proferetur (Lo, the book exactly worded) (Soloists, Chorus)
Dies Irae, Part II: Day of Thebes: Suspicion... security risk... the state... threat (Chorus, Soloists, Narrator) - Arioso: Fading, fading strength beyond (Soprano)
Dies Irae, Part II: Day of Thebes: Lacrymosa: Lacrymosa dies illa (Ah, that day of tears and mourning) (Soloists, Chorus)
Dies Irae, Part II: Day of Thebes: Hiroshima Aria: Pie Jesu Domine (Lord all pitying, Jesus blest) (Mezzo Soprano, Soprano, Chorus)
Dies Irae, Part II: Day of Thebes: Hostias: He was a burning and shining light (Soloist, Chorus)
Credo in Reduxio ad Absurdum: Trio: I believe in technology (Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Chorus)
Credo in Reduxio ad Absurdum: The Cold Men: There are old men (Children's Chorus)
Sanctus: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus (Holy, holy, holy) (Chorus I and II) - Aria: To lambrotero prosopo (God is the most resplendent) (Baritone)
Sanctus: Aria: My Lord, what a morning (Soprano, Chorus, Children's Chorus) - Duet: Holy Mother Earth (Soprano, Baritone, Chorus, Children's Chorus) - Hosanna in excelsis (Chorus, Children's Chorus)
Agnus Dei (Epilogue): I dream of that day (Soloists, Chorus)


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