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Eric Jurenas

Countertenor

Biography

American countertenor Eric Jurenas makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season as Narciso (Agrippina).

Jurenas studied at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and at the Juilliard School, New York. His repertory includes both baroque and contemporary repertory. Selected opera highlights include Natasha (Eötvös’s Tri Sistri) for Vienna State Opera and Frankfurt Opera, the title role of Handel’s Rinaldo with Ensemble Matheus for Theater an der Wien, Opéra Royal de Versailles and Philharmonie Moscow, the title role of Handel’s Oreste at the Vienna Kammeroper, the title role of Ayres’s Peter Pan, Herald (Reimann’s Medea) and Alexander (Handel’s Poro) at the Komische Oper Berlin, Fidi (the world premiere of Dorman’s Wahnfried) in Karlsruhe, Arbace and Fulvio (Vivalid’s Catone in Utica) at the Glimmerglass Festival, Refugee (Dove’s Flight) with Opera Lafayette NYC and Narcisco (Agrippina) for Munich Opera Festival.

Jurenas performs regularly in concert, with highlights including David (Handel’s Saul) at the International Handel Festival Göttingen, the recital Time stands still at Innsbruck Early Music Festival, the world premiere of a trio by Aribert Reimann at the Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin (with Daniel Barenboim as pianist), his recital British Heroes at the Château de Versailles Spectacles, and Farrini’s mono-opera La Dolce Morte in the METLiveArts series with International Contemporary Ensemble. Jurenas has won prizes in several prestigious vocal competitions, including first prizes in the Handel Aria Competition and the Renata Tebaldi International Competition, Second Prize at Le Concours Corneille and Third Prize at the International Antonio Cesti Competition, Innsbruck.