Bass-baritone Mitchell Sandler studied music at the University of California at Berkeley, and did a secondary study in baroque music performance practice at the Royal Conservatory at the Hague. In between he toured for five years with the prize-winning men’s ensemble, Chanticleer.
In 1992 he was asked to join a new ensemble of young soloists at the Netherlands Opera. He was one of the Flemish deputies in Verdi’s ‘Don Carlo’. He sang in Japan at the world premiere of ‘Tea’ by Chinese composer Tan Dun, and in the reprises of the opera in the Netherlands and in Japan.
In 2006 composer Michel van der Aa wrote a role especially for him in his new opera ‘After Life’, a work commissioned by the Netherlands Opera in co-operation with the Holland Festival. The opera was premiered in June, 2006 in Amsterdam. Recent recordings include the role of Polifemo in Handel’s ‘Aci, Galatea e Polifemo’, and that of Lucifer in ‘La Resurrezione’ with Contrasto Armonico conducted by Marco Vitale, and ‘Dolci Sospiri’, songs and duets of Falconieri with ensemble La Primavera.
Mitchell Sandler is a member the Netherlands Radio Chorus. In addition to his oratorio, concert and opera work, he is a composer and arranger. Recent commissions have been performed by ‘Medusa’, the women’s chorus of Utrecht University, and the choir ‘Trajecti Voces’.