Internationally acclaimed Lebanese American tenor Karim Sulayman delivers  a moving, nuanced performance as Crow in Spoleto’s world premiere opera Ruinous Gods. Sulayman, returns to this Festival season after debuting with his original production, Unholy Wars, in 2022. 

In her review for the Charleston City Paper, Maura Hogan called Sulayman “A marvel to hear.” 

“His is a gorgeous, flexible tenor voice that moved effortlessly up the octaves,” stated Adam Parker in his review for The Post and Courier. 

Wall Street Journal critic Heidi Waleson referred to Sulayman as “[an] affecting tenor.”

Sulayman’s recent slate of performances includes leading roles at the Royal Opera House, Drottningholms Slottsteater, Opera Philadelphia, Teatro Comunale di Bolzano e Trento, and the Aldeburgh Festival. However, he told The Post and Courier’s Kalyn Oyer, there is something special about Charleston and Spoleto. 

“It’s such a legendary place,” he offered. “(Spoleto) is known for being a place for a lot of forward-thinking art-making in these classical realms like theater, dance and music, but there’s also a huge support for the experimental.” 

Catch his exceptional performance in Ruinous Gods during the final performance on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 2:00 pm at Sottile Theatre. Get tickets here.