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.
|Donizetti||Parisina d' Este||Ernesto|
|Gordon||27||Ernest Hemingway,et al|
|Menotti||Amahl and the night Visitors||Balthazar|
|Mozart||Le nozze di Figaro||Count Almaviva* & Figaro*|
|R. Strauss||Ariadne auf Naxos||Tuffaldino|
|Bach||St. Matthew Passion||Jesus , Bass arias *|
|* Suggested Repertoire|
“…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.”
“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.”
“Bass-baritone Erik Van Heyningen made a strong impression as the Jailer.”
“Erik Van Heyningen’s pleasing baritone shone in the brief phrases allotted to Simon Fenton”
“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.”
“...his foster father Ernesto, sung by Erik Van Heyningen, the strength of whose bass baritone belied his youthful appearance.”
MediaIn 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