Bio: ERIC JURENAS - AN OUTSTANDING COUNTERTENOR
Declared by The New York Times as an artist with “beautiful, exceptional clear and well-supported tone", with "vocal flexibility and compelling expression”, American countertenor ERIC JURENAS established himself within only a few years after receiving his Master's Degree from Juilliard School to one of the most sought-after countertenors of his generation; equally esteemed for operas, oratorio-concerts and recitals, for baroque-music and most of all for contemporary compositions, he is "The Industry's Darling" (Operabase).
In the 2016/17 season, Eric Jurenas made a highly acclaimed debut in Europe as NATASHA in Peter Eötvös' "Tri Sestri" at no lesser theater than the Wiener Staatsoper, to which he returned in 2020/21 to create the role of GUARDIAN ANGEL in Olga Neuwirth's world-premiere "Orlando".
Another world premiere by Olga Neuwirth at the Opéra de Bastille unfortunately had to be cancelled due to Covid; as ell as HAMOR in Händel's "Jephta" at Komische Oper Berlin, the Re-Premiere of “Tri Setri” at the Wiener Staatsoper; his solo-recital "British Heroes" including a CD-recording with the L'Orchestre de Château de Versailles.
And his debut as PRINCE GOGO in Ligeti's "Le Grand Macabre" at Oper Frankfurt had to be postponed to a later season, as well as his debut at the De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam.
But 2021/22 began for Eric Jurenas with an overwhelming success - as NURSE in Donnacha Dennehy's and Enda Walsh's WORLD-PREMIERE "The First Child", a production of Irish National Opera and Landmark Productions at the Dublin Theatre Festival:
"... sublime - brilliant - to call him a revelation, would be is to understate it considerably..."
In this part, Eric also will appear at the Galway International Arts Festival and on a tour through Ireland.
In addition, he will perform ANDRONICO in Vivaldis "Bajazet" (Tamerlano) at the Irish National Opera and the Linbury Theatre Covent Garden London.
Commitments of the recent past led him with the world-premiere „Sinnig zwischen beyden Welten" - Trio for Countertenor, Viola & Piano“ by Aribert Reimann with Maestro Daniel Barenboim at the piano to the Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin; with Händel's "Messiah" to the Boston Baroque, the American Bach Soloists, the Concerto Brabant and the Colorado Symphony Ochestra; with Händel's "Israel in Egypt" to the Herrenhausener Barock Festival in Hannover (Germany) and with "New Year's Concerts", accompanied by the Concerto Brandenburg, to the famous Gedächtniskirche Berlin.
In addition, he gave a highly acclaimed debut at the International Händel Festival Göttingen (Germany) as DAVID in Händel's "Saul", which also was released as CD and nominated for the 1st round of the . The not lesser successful Duo Recital "Time stands still" with Lutenist Jan Čižmář led him to the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, where he already had performed KÖNIG TIRIDATES in Keiser's "Octavia"; and the overwhelming celebrated Solo- Recital “British Heroes" in the series “Hommage aux Castrats” to the Château de Versailles Spectacles, to which Eric Jurenas returned in 2019 with Ensemble Matheus under Jean-Christophe Spinosi, overtaking in only 3 days the never before sang title part of Händel's RINALDO; and performing it also at the Chapelle de la Trinité Lyon, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall Moscow and the Theater an der Wien.
Furthermore, he appeared as NARCISO in "Agrippina" by Händel alongside Joyce di Donato at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and under Ivor Bolton at the Münchner Opernfestspiele; as NATASHA in Eötvö’s "Tri Sestry" and ARSAMENE in Händel’s “Serse” at Oper Frankfurt; the title role of R. Ayre's PETER PAN, the Händel-parts of ATHAMAS in "Semele", ALEXANDER the GREAT in "Poros, Re d'India" in stage direction of legend Harry Kupfer and HEROLD in "Medea" by Aribert Reimann at the Komische Oper Berlin; MICHELANGELO in Suzanne Farrin's Mono-Opera "La Dolce Morte“ with the International Contemporary Ensemble at the METLive Arts (also on CD) and VOICE OF FARINELLI in "Farinelli & the King" starring Oscar-Winner Mark Rylance as King at the Belasco Theater on Broadway.
In addition, Eric Jurenas was a celebrated OREST in the Theater an der Wien in der Kammeroper Wien; overtook the (never before sang) part of DEMETRIO in Händel's "Berenice" at the Händel Festival at Oper Halle; gave with FIDI (Siegfried Wagner) in Avner Dorman's World-Premier "Wahnfried", nominated as at the his debut at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and covered Bejun Mehta as FARNACE in Mozart's "Mitridate, Re di Ponto" at ROH Covent Garden, and the part of FRANCISCO in T. Adés' "The Exterminating Angel" at the Salzburger Festspiele.
Until 2016, he appeared as ARBACE and FULVIO in Vivaldi's "Catone in Utica" at the Glimmerglass Festival and Opera Lafayette, where he also performed REFUGEE in Dove’s „Flight“; was "Featured Soloist" at the Opera Philadelphia, and covered the title part of Morrison's THEODORE; sang DON ETTORE in Haydn's "La Canterina" and Händel's SERSE at the CCM Opera; TOLOMEO in "Giulio Cesare" with the Wolf Trap Opera, and NIRENO with the Michigan Opera Theater,; RADAMISTO with the Juilliard Vocal Arts, ATHALIA with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, and POLINESSO in "Ariodante" with the American Bach Soloists, where he also was heard often with works by Bach.
Other concert-commitments brought him with compositions by among others Bach, Händel, Vivaldi, Britten, Purcell and John Adams to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Colorado Bach Ensemble, the Belcanto Chorus of Milwaukee, the CCM Ensemble, the Juilliard 415, the Burlington Choral Society, and as "Artist in Residence" to the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival; and at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, he interpreted with the Ensemble AXIOM and the New Juilliard Ensemble highly acclaimed "All Ligeti Program" and Reza Vali's "Folksongs No. 14" .
Eric Jurenas had the pleasure to work with such renowned conductors and stage directors as Peter Eötvös, Keith Warner, Barrie Kosky, Ivor Bolton, Konrad Junhhänel. Maxim Emelyanchev, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Dennis Russell Davies, Matthias Pintscher, Jörg Halubek, Rubén Dubrovsky, Anthony Bramall, Steven Sloane, Justin Brown, Françoise De Carpentries, Tazewll Thompson, Benedict Andrews, Nicholas Kraemer, Ryan Brown, Dorothea Kirschbaum, Polly Graham and Yuval Sharon.
An avid competitor, Eric Jurenas has received many prizes at national and international competitions, including the 1st PRIZE at the Concorso Internazionale di Canto Renata Tebaldi per Barocco 2017, the Händel Aria Competition 2016, the Hal Leonard Online Vocal Competition, the Dayton Opera Guild Competition, the Kentucky Bach Choir Competition and the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee Competition; the 2nd PRIZE at the Le Concours Corneille – Concours International de Musique Baroque 2017; the 3rd PRIZE at the International Antonio Cesti Competition for Baroque Opera 2016 at the Innsbrucker Festwowchen der alten Musik; the „Prestigious Award“ from The Sullivan Foundation and the „Dioraphte Prize for the best interpretation of a composition by Willem Jeths“ at the IVC - International Voice Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands).
In 2016, he was, as only countertenor, FINALIST at the 1st Meistersinger von Nürnberg Competition at Opera Nürnberg.
In addition, he is a proud recipient of a Novic Career Advancement Grand, and of the JEFFREY THOMAS AWARD.
Eric Jurenas received his Bachelor’s Degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and in spring his Master’s-Degree from The Juilliard School NYC; and, as one of the 2 best of his final class, he had the great honor to sing the "Juilliard's Honors Concert" in the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts.
He studied with Dr. Robert White Jr., William McGraw and George Gibson, and completed his musical education in many masterclasses, among others with Gerald Finley / voice and Maestro Alessandro de Marchi / barque interpretation.
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