Erik Van Heyningen - Bass Baritone

Erik Van Heyningen, Bass Baritone

Bass-baritone Erik van Heyningen is currently a resident of New York City, where he is part of the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program at the Juilliard School. The 2018-2019 season carries many debuts for Erik, including his Carnegie Hall debut as the bass soloist in Mastervoice’s performance of Israel in Egypt, Leporello in Don Giovanni at the Juilliard School, 1st Nazarene in Salome at the Spoleto Festival, and Fernando in La gazza ladra at Teatro Nuovo.

Erik Van Heyningen was a member of the 2017-2018 Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Artist program. There, he performed Angelotti and the Jailer in Tosca, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, and Ernest Hemingway et. al in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27. In early 2018, he made his Austin Opera debut as Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos.

In the summer of 2018, Erik returned to Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist to perform The Imperial Commissioner in Madame Butterfly, and Ragotzki/Archbishop in Candide. In the Summer of 2017, he joined the Santa Fe Opera for his first season as an Apprentice Artist and received the Donald Gramm Memorial award. 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. Erik spent the previous two summers as a Gerdine Young Artist at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, performing as both the Jailer in Dialogues of the Carmelites and Simon Fenton in Emmeline, and received the Richman Memorial Award.

In addition to his operatic work, Mr. Van Heyningen has been heard often as a concert soloist in such varied repertoire as 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 at the WQXR Greene Space in New York City, and will appear alongside Brian Zeger in a curation of Schubert’s Winterreise for The Juilliard School’s “Songfest” at Alice Tully Hall in 2019. Erik will make an appearance with the Caramoor Schwab Rising Vocal Stars in 2019 under the direction of Steven Blier. Erik was the recipient of First Prize in the 2016 Gerda Lissner Song and Lieder Competition.

Opera Repertoire

Composer Opera Role
Adams Dr. Atomic Robert Oppenheimer
Bernstein Candide Voltaire/Pangloss/Cacambo/Martin
Bizet Carmen Escamillo
Gordon 27 Ernest Hemingway,et al
Handel Riccardo Primo Berardo
Handel Rinaldo Argante
Menotti Amahl and the night Visitors Melchior
Mozart Don Giovanni Masetto & Leporello
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Count Almaviva & Figaro
Poulenc Dialogues of the Carmelites Jailer
Puccini Tosca Angelotti
Puccini La boheme Colline & Marcello
Rossini L'Italiana in Algeri Haly
Rossini La Gazza Ladra Fernando
R. Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos Tuffaldino
R. Strauss Salome 1st Nazarene

Concert Repertoire

Composer Composition Role
Bach St. Matthew Passion Jesus , Bass arias *
Brahms Requiem Bass*
Faure Requiem Bass*
Handel Messiah Bass
Handel Israel in Egypt Bass
Haydn The Creation Raphael , Adam*
Mozart Requiem Bass*
* Suggested Repertoire

Press Acclaim

​“As escaped convict Angelotti, Michigan Opera Theater Studio Artist Erik van Heyningen was immediately engaging, delivering the rich, almost intimate lyricism Detroit audiences are coming to expect from him.”

Jennifer Goltz, Opera News

“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


Erik Van Heyningen sings "Oh colpo impensato"-Rossini's La gazza ladra

Sibilar gli angui d'Aletto - Rinaldo by Handel

Intermezzo - R. Schumann

Die Stille - R. Schumann

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