Erik Nelson Werner, tenor
American-born tenor Erik Nelson achieved significant reputation after his successful Parsifal debut at State Theatre Karlsruhe in 2015 and was praised by the press as a real discovery in the dramatic tenor repertoire. This autumn he returns to Karlsruhe for the revival of Parsifal and for a concert performance of the opera’s third act.
Recent engagements included Britten’s War Requiem in Salzburg and Linz as well as Beethoven 9 with Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Paavo Järvi conducting. In January 2013 he made his debut at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in the role of Siegmund in Walküre under the direction of Zubin Mehta. He sang this very role also at Dayton Opera and Opera North. At Michigan Opera he sang Florestan in a new production of Fidelio and Waldemar in Schönberg’s Gurrelieder in concerts at State Theater Braunschweig and in Berlin.
In the previous seasons Erik Nelson Werner performed in Strauss' Intermezzo at New York City Opera. Afterwards he made his debut as Siegmund in Wagner's Die Walküre at Virginia Opera. In spring 2011 he had a great success in the role of Chartkov in Weinberg´s The Portrait with his debut at the Opéra de Lorraine. In the beginning of the 2011/12 season Erik Nelson Werner made his debut as Grigori in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. 2009/10 Erik Nelson Werner was covering for the Metropolitan Opera, in Patrice Chereau’s acclaimed production of Janáček’s From the House of the Dead, and continued the season with his debut for Houston Grand Opera in the role of Tchekalinsky in Pique Dame, while covering the role of Herman.
In the 2008/09 season he returned to Carnegie Hall with the chamber music ensemble MOTYL, singing rediscovered works by Miecezlaw Weinberg and Robert Kahn: He also staged his opera debut as a tenor in the role of Ctirad in the U.S. premiere of Leos Janáček’s first opera Šárka in New York. In addition he performed the role of Sergey in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District for the Upper Austrian State Theater in Linz.
Being trained in Berlin and Munich he started a promising carrier as Baritone. After making the switch to Heldentenor, Mr. Werner was quickly awarded first prize in the Wagner division in the Liederkranz Singing Competition in New York City, gave his recital debut as a tenor at Carnegie Hall, and was heard singing excerpts of Lohengrin and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at several Gala concerts throughout California. He was featured in concert performances of Act I from Die Walküre and in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tsar’s Bride in New York. He also reprised his starring role in Long Beach Opera’s staged Schubert cycle Winterreise/Werther, which was presented for the third time at the Austin Chamber Music Festival to great acclaim.