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.
|Adams||Dr. Atomic||Robert Oppenheimer|
|Gordon||27||Ernest Hemingway,et al|
|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||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|
|Bach||St. Matthew Passion||Jesus , Bass arias *|
|Handel||Israel in Egypt||Bass|
|Haydn||The Creation||Raphael , Adam*|
|* Suggested Repertoire|
“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.”
“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”
“…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.”
MediaErik 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