Tenor Seán Ruane is one of the rising stars of the opera world, whose breathtaking vocal artistry comes with an endearing, easygoing style that has allowed him to grace grand opera, TV and sporting arenas with ease. Equally at home performing in front of the cognoscenti of Covent Garden or fervent football fans at Wembley, Seán has worked all over Europe, the United States, Russia, Australia and New Zealand since making his professional debut in 2001, Opera Holland Park was his very first professional engagement in Manon Lescaut in 2001 and he has returned each summer since.
Highlights of his operatic career include his debut at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in The Tempest (Thomas Adés), he then moved with the production to the Opéra National du Rhin. Other roles followed at the ROH including a welcome return in the revival of The Tempest.
While opera remains at the heart of his work, Seán has become the voice for many of the national sporting events. He has sung ahead of England football internationals, the Irish Rugby Six Nations internationals and during the last three Ashes series, for the English Cricket Team. He has also appeared on the bill of the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts, alongside the likes of Paul Weller, Jools Holland and comedian Johnny Vegas.
Educated in his native Lancashire, Seán completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music . His exceptional promise was recognised by the Peter Moores Foundation who supported Seán as a young professional. Through them he was able to study in Italy with Fernanda Puccini. Seán was subsequently awarded a place on the prestigious Academia di Puccini studying with the world renowned Magda Olivero and Rania Kabiavanski. Most recently Sean was a finalist in the ‘Concorso Lirico Internazionale’, Italy, working with Rolando Panerai, Ines Salazar and Vivien Hewitt.
In 2011, Sean established CHANT alongside business partner Wil Woan. Since autumn 2011 they have designed an innovative programme of opportunities for young people, giving them access to work alongside industry professionals in Arts, Media and Sport. CHANT believes that Stadiums are the theatres of the future for young people and hold the potential to unlock youth talent and challenge some of the Country’s greatest social problems. 2012 promises to be even more exciting with programmes being developed with the BBC, The FA, RFL and the Football League.