Erik Nelson Werner, tenor
Winner of the 2008 Liederkranz Singing Competition in the Wagner division, Erik Nelson Werner trained as a baritone in Berlin and Munich, and only recently made the leap to singing dramatic tenor repertory, with a special focus on the works of Richard Wagner. He was featured in a concert performance of Act I from Die Walküre in upstate New York last fall, and covered the role of Lykov in Rimsky-Korsakov's Tsar's Bride for Opera Orchestra of New York. Next month he will star in the U.S. Premiere of Leoš Janácek's first opera Šarká for Dicapo Opera Theatre here in New York City, and later this season he will be featured in a new production of Dmitri Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mzensk for the opera house in Linz, Austria. Mr. Werner a regular guest artist of the Motýl Chamber Ensemble. He was recently heard singing Lohengrin’s Grail Narrative and excerpts from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in performances with the Bakersfield, Roswell and Santa Maria Symphonies at their "Splendor of Wagner" Opera Gala concerts. As a baritone, he had been equally recognized as a recitalist and opera singer, with awards from the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, the Geneva International Music Competition, the Marilyn Horne Foundation and the Richard Tucker Foundation, among others.
2006/2007 saw his recital debut as a tenor at Carnegie Hall, and the reprise of his starring role in Long Beach Opera’s staged Schubert cycle Winterreise, which was presented for the third time at the Austin Chamber Music Festival during the summer season. He and his wife, soprano Caprice Corona, also celebrated the arrival of their daughter Frida Angelika, and returned to New York City in the spring of 2008 after a brief hiatus from their performing careers to care for her in northern California.
Previous highlights of his career as a baritone include Marcello in La Bohème for Fort Worth Opera, the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Tulsa Opera, Silvio in Pagliacci for Opera Pacific, and appearances with the Bavarian State Opera, New York City Opera and the Dallas Opera.
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