College of Musical Arts
Assistant Professor (bass-baritone)
2145 Moore Musical Arts Center
Bass-Baritone, has performed on the operatic and concert stage in works ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. He appeared as Colline in the original Broadway cast of Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème and has performed in productions of La Bohème in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Guam. Sean has performed such roles as Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, Il Re in Aida Betto in Gianni Schicchi, Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Speaker in The Emperor of Atlantis, Sarastro and Der Sprecher in The Magic Flute, Seneca in L'Incoronazione di Poppea, and David in Barber’s A Hand of Bridge. Oratorio performances include the title role in Mendelssohn's Elijah, Raphael in Haydn’s The Creation, Jesus in Bach’s Passion of St. John, Priest/Angel in Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Schubert’s Mass in C Major, Bach’s Magnificat and Mass in B Minor, the Fauré Requiem, Vaughan Williams' Hodie, and several of the Bach cantatas. Sean has performed with such companies as Opera Carolina, Opera Memphis, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Opera Columbus, Opera North, Liederkranz Opera, Opera Theatre of Guam, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Sacramento Choral Society, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, and the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Toledo, and Lima. He has also enjoyed extensive participation in musical theatre and operetta, including Riverdance! on Broadway, and productions of Carousel, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, Chess, 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 is also active in the field of musicology, with presentations for the national conference of the College Music Society, and for the Mozart Society of America at the American Musicological Society’s national conference. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Memphis.