Morgan Sullivan’s voice has been described as “commanding” (Academy of Sacred Drama) and as a “consistent standout” (Washington Life). They are an avid recitalist and experienced chamber musician with a lyric baritone quality, having interests falling particularly in the fields of historical performance practice and 20th century English song.
In previous seasons, Morgan has sung Pilate and bass arias for Bach’s Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244b) and Johannes-Passion (BWV 245), bass solos in Bach’s Magnificat (BWV 243), Trauerode (BWV 198), Cantatas 147 and 172, Mass in G (BWV 235), Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248), Händel’s Messiah, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb (Op. 30), Durufle’s Requiem (Op. 9), Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem (Op. 45), Hasse’s Miserere, and both Jesus and evangelist in Pärt’s Passio. Prior to their studies at Yale, they sang as bass soloist for Telemann’s Der Tod Jesu (TWV 5:6), Handel’s Messiah, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit (H. 9), Haydn’s Theresienmesse (H. 22/12), and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle.
An internationally recorded artist, Morgan has been preserved on the Hyperion label both as the baritone soloist in Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem and as Herod on the Yale Schola Cantorum’s Christmas album featuring Schütz’s Weihnachtshistorie. Their work on the Brahms recording has been described as “forthright and honest” and “suitably vulnerable.” Previous to these works, they recorded Michael Rickelton’s Battle Songs for Albany Records, Felicien David’s Lalla Roukh with Opera Lafayette on Naxos, and theater music for Firaxis Games’ Civilization V. Of the Rickelton recording, Sullivan was described as “the best singer… strong and confident.”
In addition to their work as a solo artist, they have appeared with such ensembles as Bach Collegium Japan, Yale Voxtet, Yale Schola Cantorum, Yale Recital Chorus, St. Thomas’s Schola Antiqua, Folger Consort, Mountainside Baroque, Friends of St. Bartholomew’s, Baltimore Baroque Band, Peabody Consort, Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, Bel Pianto, The Bridge Ensemble, and Opera Lafayette. On stage, they have most notably sung the title role of Ulisse in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria with Opera Studio Nederland, Achilla in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with the American Opera Theater, Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in scenes at the Peabody Opera Theater, and Frank in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus with the Peabody Opera Theatre.
Morgan currently resides in Baltimore, MD and sings with the choir of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. They have previously appeared in masterclasses with Emma Kirkby, Christian Gerhaher, Julianne Baird, Peter Nilsson, Alexander Oliver, and Clara Rottsolk. Their undergraduate studies with baritones William Sharp and John Shirley-Quirk culminated in a B.Mus. from the Peabody Conservatory, after which they earned their Mus.M. at the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music under tenor James Taylor.