Tenor Karim Sulayman Joins the Roster
Opus 3 Artists is thrilled to welcome Grammy-winning tenor Karim Sulayman to our roster. The Lebanese-American singer has garnered international attention as a sophisticated and versatile artist, consistently praised for his sensitive and intelligent musicianship, riveting stage presence, and beautiful voice. He regularly performs on the world’s stages in orchestral concerts and opera, as well as in recital and chamber music.
His diverse performing career has included roles with the Drottningholms Slottsteater in Stockholm, Houston Grand Opera, Florentine Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theater and New York City Opera; orchestral appearances with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, and National Symphony Orchestras and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra; and engagements at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, International Bach Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Aldeburgh Festival, as well as the Marlboro Music Festival.
Sulayman’s debut solo album, Songs of Orpheus, was released in April 2018 on the AVIE label. Named “Critic’s Choice” by Opera News, and praised for his “lucid, velvety tenor and pop-star charisma” by BBC Music Magazine, the album debuted at #5 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart and #3 on the iTunes Classical Chart, and was honored with the GRAMMY® Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album in 2019. This spring he will release Where Only Stars Can Hear Us, an album of Schubert songs with fortepianist Yi-heng Yang. Sulayman is featured in the ARTE documentary Leonard Bernstein – A Genius Divided, which premiered in Europe in the summer of 2018 and was subsequently released on DVD. His performance of Bernstein’s Mass with the CSO is slated for broadcast on PBS Great Performances in 2020.
Karim Sulayman received attention for a social experiment/performance art piece called I Trust You, designed to build bridges in a divided political climate. A video version of this experiment went viral and was honored as a prizewinner in the My Hero Film Festival. He has been invited to give talks and hold open forums with student and adult groups about inclusion, empathy, healing from racism, and activism through the arts.