Eric Jurenas

Powerful and pliant
The New York Times
Eric Jurenas brought dimension and conviction
The Washington Post
A powerful and pleasing sound...his is a young artist to watch.
The Boston Musical Intelligencer

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Eric returns to Innsbruck Early Music Festival for a duo recital

Singing a thematic recital of lute art song from different countries, Eric joins French soprano Suzanne Jerosme and lutenist Jan Cizmar in a program titled Time Stand Still at the Schloss…

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Eric to introduce a new piece in Berlin

Eric will be premiering a world premiere work written for him by Aribert Reimann. This piece for viola, piano, and countertenor is to be performed at the Pierre Boulez Saal…

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Eric presents a recital as part of the Weekend of tribute to castrati in Versailles

Baroque Europe saw the reign of castrati. Long present in the Byzantine Empire, they were imposed first at the Sistine Chapel and then from Rome – where no woman could…

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"Eric Jurenas managed to portray both great masculinity and playful, compelling gentleness, singing successfully in the tricky range of countertenor with an occasional plunge into a fully resonant depth."

DC Theatre Scene



GF Handel
Opera in 3 acts [1738]

Performed in Italian

Eric sings the role of Arsamene.

The Persian King Xerxes and his well-off guests’ dining table is laid with hunger for power, obsession, resentment and vanity. But they’re all driven by one thing really: love. Xerxes just forgot all about his intended bride Amastre and is now hell-bent on conquering Romilda. She is in love with his brother Arsamene, who Romilda’s sister Atalanta wants to get her hands on. In one of his last operas Handel managed to walk an unusual tightrope in a work switching between satire and tragedy. It opens with one his most popular numbers: the famous Larghetto »Ombra mai fu«, Xerxes’ declaration of love for a tree. Tilmann Köhler and his team bring us up close to his protagonists’ aberrations and confusions – with infectious playfulness, sensitivity for the vulnerability of the figures and delight in the absurd.

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July 2, 5, 9

"He...stuns the audience with his remarkable voice and musicianship."

Opus Colorado