Erik Van Heyningen - Bass Baritone

Erik Van Heyningen, Bass Baritone

Bass-baritone Erik Van Heyningen is a member of the 2017-2018 Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Artist program. There, he will perform Angelotti and the Jailer in Tosca , Count Ceprano in Rigoletto , Ernest Hemingway et. al in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 , and will cover Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro . In early 2018, he will make his Austin Opera debut as Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos . In the summer of 2018, Erik will return to Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist to perform The Imperial Commissioner in Madame Butterfly, Ragotzki/Archbishop in Candide, and to cover Haly in L’italiana in Algeri, Voltaire/Pangloss/Cacambo in Candide , and Robert J. Oppenheimer in Dr. Atomic.

In the Summer of 2017, he joined the Santa Fe Opera for his first season as an Apprentice Artist. In the Spring of 2016, Mr. Van Heyningen was a Richard Gaddes Festival Artist with Opera Theater of St. Louis, where he appeared as Truffaldino while covering Colline in La Bohème and the Doctor in Macbeth . In May 2016, he covered the role of Ernesto in Donizetti’s Parisina d’Este with the Opera Orchestra of New York at Jazz at Lincoln Center under Eve Queler.

In addition to his operatic work, Mr. Van Heyningen has been heard as a soloist in Haydn’s “Great Organ Mass,” J.S. Bach’s Cantatas 78 and 140, Handel’s Messiah , Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream , Haydn’s “Lord Nelson” Mass, Mozart’s Vesperae solenne de confessore , K339, and Regina Coeli in C, K276, Clérambault’s L’Amour et Bacchus , Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols , Fauré’s Requiem, Brahms’s Neue Liebeslieder , Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël , and Schubert’s Mass in G. An advocate of song repertoire, he has presented song repertoire in San Diego, Boston, Toronto, and St. Louis.

Erik Van Heyningen was the recipient of First Prize in the 2016 Gerda Lissner Song and Lieder Competition. Also in 2016, he received an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council at the New England regional division.

Opera Repertoire

Composer Opera Role
Donizetti Parisina d' Este Ernesto
Gordon 27 Ernest Hemingway,et al
Handel Riccardo Primo Berardo
Menotti Amahl and the night Visitors Balthazar
Mozart Don Giovanni Masetto*
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Count Almaviva* & Figaro*
Picker Emmeline Simon Fenton
Puccini Tosca Angelotti
Puccini La boheme Colline
R. Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos Tuffaldino

Concert Repertoire

Composer Composition Role
Bach St. Matthew Passion Jesus , Bass arias *
Brahms Requiem Bass*
Faure Requiem Bass*
Handle Messiah Bass*
Mozart Requiem Bass*
* Suggested Repertoire

Press Acclaim

“Bass-Baritone Erik van Heyningen’s resonant, leading-man swagger made Ernest Hemingway’s “Bullshit” arietta, in which he is the sole guest to reject Stein’s genius-making process, an evening highlight”

Jennifer Goltz (Opera News)

“…the high points of the evening were the moments when Harlequin (John Brancy) and the other three men of Zerbinetta’s troupe (Erik Van Heyningen, Benjamin Lee and Miles Mykkanen), attempting to cheer up the deserted Ariadne, not only sang, but danced Mr. Curran’s ambitious choreography.”

Wall Street Journal - Heidi Waleson - Ariadne (OTSL)

“Lastly Erik Van Heyningen sang “Der Doppelganger” by Franz Schubert with youthful zest and charm. His dark edged bass baritone has a natural courageous and peerless sound. His upper and lower registers were effortless and his projection impressive.”

Brooklyn Discovery - Nino Pantano - Gerda Lissner

“Bass-baritone Erik Van Heyningen made a strong impression as the Jailer.”

Sarah Bryan Miller (OTSL) - Dialogues of the Carmelites

“Erik Van Heyningen’s pleasing baritone shone in the brief phrases allotted to Simon Fenton”

Opera Today - James Sohre (Emmeline OTSL)

“Carco’s unpredictable harmonies underpin in the first and third songs a cantabile vocal line, sensitively handled by baritone Erik van Heyningen in flawless French.”

Rafael’s Music Notes - Rafael de Acha on CD review of Yves Ramette: In Times of Torment

“...his foster father Ernesto, sung by Erik Van Heyningen, the strength of whose bass baritone belied his youthful appearance.”

Voce di Meche - Parisina cover concert


Sibilar gli angui d'Aletto - Rinaldo by Handel

Aprite un po'quegli occhi - Le Nozze di Figaro, by W.A. Mozart

The Rake's Progress

Sois immobile - Guilliume Tell, by Giaochino Rossini

Der Doppelgänger by Franz Schubert

Schöne Fremde by Robert Schumann

Press Kit

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Biography (.pdf)