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 as Angelotti and the Jailer in Tosca, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Ernest Hemingway et. al in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27, Balthazaar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and will cover Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. In the Summer of 2017, Erik will join the Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist. In the Summer of 2016, Erik joined the Opera Theater of St. Louis as a Richard Gaddes Festival Artist where he appeared as Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos while covering Colline in La Boheme and Doctor in Macbeth. In May 2016, Erik 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. Erik spent two seasons at Opera Theatre of St. Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist, where he made his debut as Jailer in Dialogues of the Carmelites and then appeared as Crébillon in La rondine, and Simon Fenton in Emmeline. As a young artist, Erik also covered Berardo in the American premiere of Handel’s Riccardo Primo and Ernest Hemingway et. al in the world premiere of 27.

In addition to his operatic work, has been heard as a soloist in Haydn’s Great Organ Mass, J.S. Bach’s Cantata 78/140, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers K339, Mozart’s Regina Coeli K276, Clérambault’s L’Amour et Bacchus, R.V. Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Fauré’s Requiem, Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder, Charpentier’s Messe di Minuit, and Schubert’s Mass in G. An advocate of song repertoire, Erik has presented song repertoire in San Diego, Boston, Toronto, and St. Louis.

Erik is the recipient of First Prize in the 2016 Gerda Lissner Song and Lieder Competition. In 2016, Erik received an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council at the New England regional division. Erik is a recipient of the 2015 Richman Memorial Award at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. In 2013, Erik received 2nd place at the Mildred Miller International Voice competition, and 2nd place at the Orpheus Vocal Competition in the student category.

An avid proponent of new works, Erik workshopped the roles of Master in Naga and Ming/ Gilgamesh in Gilgamesh during a collaboration with Boston University and the Beth Morrison Projects in 2015. Erik was selected by the founder of the American Modern Ensemble, Robert Paterson, to perform his Winter Songs for chamber orchestra and bass-baritone at the Atlantic Music Festival in 2013.

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

“…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


In Dreams - "Songs of travel " by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Bright is the Ring of Words - "Songs of travel " by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Youth and Love - "Songs of travel " by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Der Doppelgänger - "Schwanengesang" by Franz Schubert

Ihr Bild - "Schwanengesang" by Franz Schubert

La vague et la cloche - by Henri Duparc

Press Kit

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Biography (.pdf)