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Eric Halfvarson



Eric Halfvarson in action.
Eric Halfvarson in Guillaume Tell © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

American bass Eric Halfvarson made his Royal Opera debut in 2000 as Claggart (Billy Budd). His many roles since for The Royal Opera have included Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Moser (I masnadieri), Doctor (Wozzeck), Hunding (Die Walküre), Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Rocco (Fidelio), Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlo), the Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Mr Ashby (La fanciulla del West), Fafner (Das Rheingold and Siegfried), Melcthal (Guillaume Tell), Crespel (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Geronte de Revoir (Manon Lescaut).

Halfvarson was born in Illinois to a family of musicians. He made his operatic debut as Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) in 1973 and was a founding member of the Houston Opera Studio. He regularly appears with the world’s leading opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Paris Opéra, at the Bayreuth and Salzburg festivals and in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Turin and Buenos Aires. In addition to his Royal Opera repertory, Halfvarson’s many roles include Hagen (Götterdämmerung), Gurnemanz (Parsifal), Bluebeard (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle) and Veit Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg).

Halfvarson has sung in concert with many leading American orchestras and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has recorded widely and appears in Kasper Holten’s film Juan as the Commendatore. Halfvarson is also a dedicated voice teacher and gives masterclasses around the world.