Erik Van Heyningen
New England Encouragement Award 2016
in memory of Phillip R. Nichols
Erik Van Heyningen is a first year resident artist at the Boston University Opera Institute. This Summer, Erik joined the Opera Theatre of St. Louis for a second year as a Gerdine Young Artist, where he was seen as Crébillon in La rondine, Simon Fenton in Emmeline, and covered Berardo in the American premiere of Handel’s Riccardo Primo. Last Summer, Erik made his debut as the Jailer in Dialogues of the Carmelites and covered both Spokesman in The Magic Flute and Ernest Hemingway in the world premiere of Twenty-Seven at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. In the Summer of 2016, Erik will join the Opera Theatre of St. Louis as a Richard Gaddes Festival Artist where he will appear as Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, cover Colline in La Boheme, and cover Doctor in Macbeth. Erik’s operatic credits at Boston University include Atticus Finch’s Trainer in Vinkensport, Roy Cohn in Angels in America, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Publio in La clemenza di Tito, Alvaro in Florencia en el Amazonas, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Dottore Grenvil in La traviata, and Captain in Siren Song. Future performances at Boston University include Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the roles of Master in Naga and Ming/Gilgamesh in Gilgamesh in a collaborative presentation with Boston University and Beth Morrison Projects. At the Atlantic Music Festival, Erik performed Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, where he was a fellowship recipient for two consecutive seasons.
In addition to his operatic work, Erik 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, and Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder. Future performances include Charpentiers Messe di Minuit in Wayland, MA, Schubert’s Mass in G with the Neponset Choral Society, and Handel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale. An advocate of song, Erik has presented song recitals in San Diego, Boston, Toronto, and Flint.
Erik is a recipient of the 2015 Barbara and Stanley Richman Memorial Award at the Opera Theater of St. Louis. In 2014, Erik was awarded the Boston University Dimmock Award. 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. He was the recipient of the Joachim Family Scholarship at Boston University. Erik was a finalist in the first ever 2015 Gerda Lissner Song Division.
An avid proponent of new works, 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. Erik participated in the chamber music festival New Music on the Point, where he premiered works by William Gardiner and Andrew Davis.
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