Erik van Heyningen
Baritone Erik van Heyningen left the Vienna State Opera’s opera studio to join the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt last season, during which he sang Angelotti in Tosca, the Speaker, Guido and Jupiter's Priest in new productions of Die Zauberflöte, Mercadante’s Francesca da Rimini and Handel's Hercules, and the Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen. He sang Guido in Francesca da Rimini in the 2022 Tirol Festival in Erl. During the 2023/24 season in Frankfurt you can hear him singing 1st Shepherd in our unforgettable production of Daphne, Plumkett in Flotow's Martha, Zuniga in Carmen, Biterolf in a new production of Tannhäuser and Elmiro Barberigo in Rossini's Otello. Roles in Vienna in 2021/22 included Donner (Das Rheingold), 2nd Knight of the Grail (Parsifal), Hobson (Peter Grimes) and Littore / Tribune / Famigliare (L’incoronazione di Poppea). Roles at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis included Simon Fenton (Emmeline) and at Michigan Opera - Angelotti. Whilst studying at the Juillard School in New York (2018-2020) his roles included Leporello (Don Giovanni), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Aragante (Rinaldo) and he sang Jochanaan (Salome) at the Spoleto Festival. His repertoire includes Figaro and Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni, Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde), Gunther (Götterdämmerung) and Balstrode (Peter Grimes). He has won many awards and the Stanley Richman Memorial Award from the Theater of St. Louis, where he was a Richard Gaddes Festival Artist. He won 1st prize at the 2016 Gerda Lissner Lieder and Song Competition, was a member of Michigan Opera’s opera studio from 2017 – 2018 and was awarded the 2018 Mackay Family Grant by Santa Fe Opera.