Eric Halfvarson

Eric Halfvarson

(Aurora, Illinois)

2019-20 Season: Geronte di Ravoir in Manon Lescaut

Internationally celebrated American bass Eric Halfvarson is one of today’s foremost interpreters of many of the darkest Verdi and Wagner roles. He is a regular guest artist at the world’s foremost opera houses and will be remembered for his numerous performances at San Francisco Opera including Lodovico in Otello; Landgraf in Tannhäuser; Geronte in Manon Lescaut; Fafner and Hagen in the 1999 Ring cycle; Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin, and Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, among others.

In the 2018-19 season, he makes his role debut as Tirésias in Enescu’s Oedipe conducted by Marc Albrecht at Dutch National Opera and returns to Washington National Opera to sing Prince Gremin in Robert Carsen’s production of Eugene Onegin. He will also sing Hunding in concert performances of Die Walküre with Sir Simon Rattle’s leading the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Recent performances include Daland in a new production of Der Fliegende Holländer at Bergen National Opera conducted by Eun Sun Kim and The General in Prokofiev’s The Gambler at Opera Vlaanderen. Concert appearances included Hagen in Götterdämmerung with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jaap van Zweden and recently released on the Naxos label. At London’s Royal Opera, he has performed in Guillaume Tell, Manon Lescaut, Das Rheingold, and Siegfried all under the baton of Antonio Pappano. His acclaimed credits feature long relationships with Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre de Liceu, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, Bayreuth Festival, Opéra de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, LA Opera, and Washington National Opera. In addition to his stage performances, Halfvarson is a respected voice teacher and university lecturer. He currently makes his home in Barcelona.