Erik van Heyningen was scheduled to make his debut with Pacific Opera Victoria in April 2020 as Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen. The production has been postponed. Updates will be posted when confirmed.
Erik is currently a resident of New York City, where he is in the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program at The Juilliard School.
Engagements in the 2019/20 season include Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Argante in Rinaldo at Juilliard and der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte with the Santa Fe Opera. Concert appearances include performances of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Cecilia Chorus of New York and Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin at Juilliard.
Erik’s 2018/19 season included his debut at Carnegie Hall as the bass soloist in Mastervoice’s performance of Handel’s Israel in Egypt; Leporello in Don Giovanni at the Juilliard School, Fernando in La gazza ladra with Teatro Nuovo, and Jochanaan in Salome at the Spoleto Festival.
Erik was previously a member of the 2017/18 Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Artist program where 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 summers of 2017 and 18, Erik joined the Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist, receiving the Donald Gramm Memorial award in 2017 and performing the Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly and Ragotzki/Archbishop in Candide. In spring 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 the Jailer in Dialogues of the Carmelites and Simon Fenton in Emmeline, and receiving 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’ 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 performed at the WQXR Greene Space in New York City, and appeared alongside Brian Zeger in a curation of Schubert’s Die Winterreise for Juilliard’s Songfest at Alice Tully Hall in 2019. Erik made an appearance with the Caramoor Schwab Rising Vocal Stars in 2019 under the direction of Steven Blier and received first prize in the 2016 Gerda Lissner Song and Lieder Competition.
Erik Van Heyningen sang with a warm, expressive baritone, managing Jokanaan’s soaring, lyrical lines with aplomb.
Adam Parker, The Post and Courier, Review of Salome at the Spoleto Festival, 2019
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, review of Tosca, Michigan Opera Theater, 2018