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Eric Halfvarson

Bass

Biography

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.

Videos

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Eric Halfvarson in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Eric Halfvarson in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Eric Halfvarson as the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo, The Royal Opera

Michael Colvin as Rodolphe and Eric Halfvarson as Melcthal in rehearsal for Guillaume Tell, The Royal Opera

Eric Halfvarson as Melcthal and John Osborn as Arnold in rehearsal for Guillaume Tell, The Royal Opera

Eric Halfvarson

Eric Halfvarson in Das Rheingold (Der Ring des Nibelungen), The Royal Opera

Eric Halfvarson as Fafner, Andrew Rees as Froh, Iain Paterson as Fasolt, Bryn Terfel as Wotan, Peter Coleman-Wright as Donner, Stig Andersen as Loge and Sarah Connolly as Fricka

Eric Halfvarson as the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo

Eric Halfvarson as Fafner in Siegfried

Eric Halfvarson in Guillaume Tell

John Osborn and Eric Halfvarson in Guillaume Tell

Levente Molnár and Eric Halfvarson in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Enkelejda Shkosa as Hedwige, Sofia Fomina as Jemmy and Eric Halfvarson as Melcthal in rehearsal for Guillaume Tell, The Royal Opera

Eric Halfvarson as Melcthal and Gerald Finley as Guillaume Tell in rehearsal for Guillaume Tell, The Royal Opera

Christopher Maltman in Kasper Holten’s Don Giovanni

Sondra Radvanovsky, Emily Edmonds and Eric Halfvarson in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Gerald Finley, Alexander Vinogradov, John Osborn and Eric Halfvarson in Guillaume Tell

Eric Halfvarson in Guillaume Tell

Sofia Fomina, Eric Halfvarson and Enkelejda Shkosa in Guillaume Tell

Christopher Maltman in Kasper Holten’s Don Giovanni

Eric Halfvarson as Commendatore