Lebanese-American tenor Karim Sulayman (CCC alum) has garnered international attention as a sophisticated and versatile artist, consistently praised for his sensitive and intelligent musicianship, riveting stage presence and beautiful voice. A 2019 GRAMMY® Award winner, he regularly performs on the world’s stages in orchestral concerts and opera, as well as in recital and chamber music.
This season included his debuts at Stockholm’s Drottningholms Slottsteater, Florentine Opera, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Venice’s Teatro Goldoni and his return to Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Last season marked debuts with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Other recent engagements include Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Houston Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and New York City Opera.
His growing discography includes his debut solo album, Songs of Orpheus, which was released to international acclaim 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, Karim was honored with the 2019 GRAMMY® Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. His sophomore project, an album of Schubert Lieder, is slated for release in Winter/Spring 2020, also on the AVIE label. He appears on the ARTE documentary Leonard Bernstein – A Genius Divided, and his performance of Bernstein’s Mass with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is slated for national televised broadcast in 2020.
Additionally, Karim created 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” on the internet, 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.
Karim is an alumnus of Chicago Children’s Choir (1983-1994).