Praised by Opera News for his “warm, strong, highly promising tenor”, Rolando Sanz is thrilling audiences with his impeccable technique and musical depth, as well as his “[vocal] color and heartfelt interpretations” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). This season, Mr. Sanz sings the tenor-solo of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Asheville Symphony, performs the role of Rageneau in Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theater, and, becoming a house favorite at the esteemed opera house, returns to The Metropolitan Opera for their productions of Salome, Idomeneo, Fidelio, and La traviata.
In recent seasons, Sanz joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera for Bartlett Sher’s highly-anticipated production of Otello. He also joined Baltimore Concert Opera for the U.S. première of Franco Faccio’s Amleto, performed the roles of Don Gaspar in La favorite with Washington Concert Opera, and performed Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Finger Lakes Opera and in a return to Florentine Opera. Additionally, he sang the tenor solo of Beethoven’s Mass in C with Spoleto Festival USA.
Rolando honed his Italianate tenor of “considerable color and strength” (Baltimore Sun) with roles including Alfredo in La traviata with Florentine Opera, Pacific Symphony, Ash Lawn Opera, and in his début with Virginia Opera; Boris in Káťa Kabanová in his début with Spoleto Festival USA; Rodolfo in La bohème with Palm Beach Opera and Opera Idaho; Paolo in Rachmaninov’s Francesca da Rimini with the Princeton Festival; Arminio in I masnadieri with Washington Concert Opera; and Duca di Mantua in Rigoletto with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and Annapolis Opera.
Other recent engagements include Peter Doyle in the west-coast première of Lowell Liebermann’s Miss Lonelyhearts, from which the Los Angeles Times reported: “Rolando Sanz, as Doyle, gave the best hint of the score’s expressive possibilities.” He made his début with the Caramoor Festival singing Rodolphe in Guillaume Tell, sang in Madame Butterfly with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and performed L’Aumônier in Dialogues des carmélites under the baton of James Conlon with the Aspen Music Festival. Other Aspen appearances include Mozart in Rimsky-Korsakov’s comic opera Mozart and Salieri and Lippo Florentino in Street Scene.
Rolando displays his consummate musicianship in concert and oratorio works in venues such as The Washington National Cathedral, Aspen Music Festival, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He recently performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Cathedral Choral Society, sang a series of Gala concerts for the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, and performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles.
As a resident artist at Songfest, Rolando collaborated with Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, and composer John Harbison. In an upcoming season, he will return to Carnegie Hall to perform the world première of a song cycle by composer Ezra Laderman and former United States poet-laureate Robert Pinsky.
Rolando was a prizewinner in the Florida Grand Opera/Young Patronesses of the Opera Voice Competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Aspen Music Festival Vocal Concerto Competition, and the XIII International Voice Competition in Trujillo, Peru. Most recently, he was awarded the Grand Prize, Conductor Award, and Audience Choice Award at the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, 1st place at the Florida Suncoast Opera Guild Competition, 1st prize at the Marie E. Crump Vocal Competition, and was awarded top prize in the Maryland State Arts Council’s “Star-Spangled Sing-Off” competition for the bicentennial of The Star-Spangled Banner. Rolando is a proud graduate of the Yale University School of Music.