The American bass-baritone, Sanford Sylvan, is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music.
Sanford Sylvan has performed with many of the leading orchestras of the world including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music and the NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation) Symphony. He has performed in chamber music with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Chamber Players and Music from Marlboro. Sanford Sylvan has sung in nearly every New England Bach Festival since his New England Bach Festival debut in 1980. Sylvan’s festival appearances have also included the Edinburgh, Tanglewood, Vienna, Holland, Schleswig-Holstein, Ojai, the Carmel Bach Festival, and the Baldwin-Wallace College Bach Festival. In 2003 he made his debut at the Oregon Bach Festival.
Sanford Sylvan has been highly praised for his performances in the opera productions of Peter Sellars and Craig Smith, both in the USA and Europe. He has sung in premiere performances of operas by Phillip Glass, Peter Maxwell Davies and John Adams, including the Death of Klinghoffer, and performances in Lyon, Vienna, San Francisco and Glyndebourne.
Sanford Sylvan has given highly praised recitals throughout the USA. With his longtime collaborator, pianist David Breitman, he has performed extensively throughout the USA and Europe in venues including Carnegie Hall and London's Wigmore Hall. He recently made his New York City Opera debut in The Magic Flute.
Sanford Sylvan has been seen internationally in portrayals of Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutti in segments of “Great Performances” on PBS. He received Grammy and Emmy awards for his role in John Adams; Nixon in China, and received Grammy nominations for his recording with David Breitman, L ’Horizon Chimérique. His recordings appear on the Nonesuch, Decca, Harmonia Mundi, Musicmasters, Bridge, Koch, Virgin Classics, New World and CRI labels.