Eric Halfvarson

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Biography

Internationally celebrated, Eric Halfvarson is one of today’s foremost interpreters of many of the darkest Verdi and Wagner roles. He is a regular guest artist in many of the world’s foremost opera houses from Vienna, Bayreuth, Munich and London to New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The current season is no exception.

In the 2016-17 season, Mr. Halfvarson returns to the Gran Teatre del Liceu to sing the Commendatore in Kasper Holten’s production of Don Giovanni. At the Royal Opera House, he will appear as both Geronte de Revoir in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut conducted by Antonio Pappano and Crespel in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. At the Maggio Fiorentino, Mr. Halfvarson will reprise his celebrated performance of the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo conducted by Zubin Mehta. Concert work in the 2016-2017 season includes Hunding in Act I of Die Walküre with Antonio Pappano leading the London Symphony Orchesetra, as well as Gurnemanz in Act I of Parsifal with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra led be Christian Badea in Bucharest.

The 2015-2016 season included Mr. Halfvarson’s acclaimed portrayal of Hagen in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung at the Wiener Staatsoper, the Washington National Opera, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu. He also sang the Pope in Terry Gilliam’s production of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini at the Liceu, as well as the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo at the Escorial in Madrid.

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Reviews

“Eric Halfvarson’s powerful Hagen splurges potently but refined – his Hagen intrigues in unwholy darkness.”

Das Opernglas

“Außerdem greift Eric Halfvarson als stimmgewaltiger Hunding mächtig, aber kultiviert in die Vollen. Sein Hagen intrigiert in unheilvoller Schwärze”.”

Das Opernglas