Photo credit: Kristin Hoebermann

Photo credit: Kristin Hoebermann

Season Highlights

  • Metropolitan Opera debut in Mozart's Idomeneo under the baton of Maestro James Levine
  • HD simulcast of Idomeneo in cinemas worldwide via Met Live in HD
  • Debut with Michigan Opera Theatre as Ragueneau in Cyrano
  • Return to Met roster for La traviataSalome, and Fidelio
  • Return to Spoleto Festival USA as soloist in Beethoven's Mass in C Major and Choral Fantasy
  • Debut with Asheville Symphony as tenor soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony
  • Debut with Apollo Orchestra as tenor soloist in The Armed Man & Beethoven's 9th Symphony

Career Highlights

  • Role debut as Boris in new production of Kát'a Kabanová at Spoleto Festival USA, directed by Garry Hines
  • Carnegie Hall debut as Kostik in world premiere of Prokofiev's Dalëkie Morja
  • While a student at Aspen Festival, performed La traviata under baton of Julius Rudel and Dialogues des Carmélites under James Conlon

Critical Acclaim

  • "Rolando Sanz unfurled a warm, strong, highly promising tenor as would-be ocean explorer Kostik." --Opera News
  • "The strength of the current production lies in the consummate artistry of the two Cuban-American leads: soprano Elizabeth Caballero as Violetta and tenor Rolando Sanz as Alfredo. Both have voices that exhibit a rich, rounded sound that is utterly smooth and mellow... --Stage and Cinema
  • "Rolando Sanz was a warm, tender Alfredo, singing with color and heartfelt interpretations. He brought musical depth to the role..." --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "As the libertine Duke of Mantua, tenor Rolando Sanz swaggered, seduced, and sang ravishingly. His was an authoritative and imposing presence, and in each of his great arias, his splendid vocal technique enabled him to negotiate Verdi's writing easily -- and make it look like he as having fun, to boot." --The Capital Gazette
  • "Casting the throwaway role of the Notary with a tenor as substantial as Rolando Sanz amounts to a kind of showing off: Few companies can field even one good tenor, let alone two." --The Washington Post
  • "From his soaring and impeccable tenor to his smooth acting and vivid facial expressions, Sanz's performance [as Rodolfo] was flawless and emotionally moving." --Boise Weekly 
Photo courtesy of Baltimore Orioles

Photo courtesy of Baltimore Orioles

Biographical Info

  • Lifelong Marylander, lives near Washington, D.C., with his wife, daughter, and son
  • Artist Diploma and Master of Music in Opera from Yale University
  • Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Catholic University of America
  • Trained at Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Palm Beach Opera
  • Founder and Artistic Director of Young Artists of America, which provides talented young musicians with opportunities to be mentored by professional artists

Anecdotes

  • 1st generation Cuban-American
  • Winner of Maryland State Arts Council Star-Spangled Spectacular contest to celebrate 200th Anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner"
  • Performed National Anthem for openings series of Baltimore Orioles major league baseball in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016