Aaron Sorensen is a rare young bass known not only for his powerful and rich sound, but also his commanding stage presence. In recent seasons, Sorensen appeared at Huntsville Symphony Orchestra as Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which he also performed with Peabody Opera Theatre and Houston Symphony Orchestra; returned to Gotham Chamber Opera for productions of Comedy on the Bridge and Alexandre bis; débuted with Huntsville Symphony as Judge Barnett/Officer Jimmy in the world première of Gregory Vajda’s Georgia Bottoms: A Comic Opera of the Modern South, based on the best-selling novel by Mark Childress; and débuted with Nashville Opera as the Sergeant of Police in Pirates of Penzance. This season, he performs the role of Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Fargo Moorhead Opera; the title role in Don Pasquale with Brava! Opera; Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Mississippi Opera and Ash Lawn Opera; and Leporello in Don Giovanni with Kalamazoo Symphony.
Previously, Mr. Sorensen débuted with Fort Worth Opera as Benoit/Alcindoro in La bohème and returned as the French General in Kevin Puts’ Silent Night; made a début with Gotham Chamber Opera for their productions of Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse, Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel, Hindemith’s Hin und Zurück, and Milhaud’s L’enlèvement d’Europe; performed the role of Angelotti in Tosca with Austin Lyric Opera; Neptune/Antinoo in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria with West Edge Opera; sang in the National Symphony’s concert performance of Der Rosenkavalier under Christoph Eschenbach; and appeared as Colline in La bohème at Bar Harbor Music Festival and Opera Theatre of Connecticut.
In prior seasons, Mr. Sorensen appeared with Wolf Trap Opera, where he sang the roles of Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Father Trulove in Stravinky’s The Rake’s Progress, and subsequently returned as Don Prudenzio in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims and Pistola in Falstaff. He also performed in multiple seasons with The Glimmerglass Opera Festival where he portrayed such roles as Zuniga in Carmen and Angelotti in Tosca. Also a favorite with Des Moines Metro Opera, he joined the company in recent seasons for their productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Die Zauberflöte, Tosca, and The Rake’s Progress.
Other performances include Oroveso in Norma, Ferrando in Il trovatore, and Banquo in Macbeth with Opera in the Heights; Bob Beckett in H.M.S. Pinafore and Juan Pablo in the world première of Bloodlines with Opera Omaha; and the title role in Don Pasquale with Opera Iowa on tour. Mr. Sorensen also performed the roles of Argante in Rinaldo, Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Hermit in Der Freischütz, Mr. Jaggers in Miss Havisham’s Fire, La Cuisinière in L’amour des trois oranges, Collatinus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, the Sorcerer in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto, from which he was hailed as a “sinister and snarly voiced villain.”
In concert, engagements include Beethoven’s Ruins of Athens as part of the GRVU – Fall Arts Series; Wonderful Town with Orchestra Verdi di Milano; a Masterworks Concert with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra; and Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major with the Baton Rouge Symphony. Mr. Sorensen is a graduate of the prestigious Yale Opera Program.