Tenor Erik Bagger has performed over 50 diverse operatic roles in New York City, regional, and international venues. Highlights include Tamino, in Die Zauberflöte, Albert in Albert Herring, Alfredo in La Traviata, Rodolfo in La Bohème, and The Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia. He has performed with New Camerata Opera, The San Jose Stage Company, Bronx Opera, Opera on Tap, North Shore Music Festival, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, The Martina Arroyo Foundation, Utopia Opera, Opera Noire of NY, OperaOggi NY, Apollo Opera, Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, Intermezzo Opera Festival, International Lyric Academy of Rome, New Operafestival di Roma, LiedAustria, Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater, Opera Ischia, as a guest of The Lithuanian Consulate, and in concert with New York City Opera. In June 2017, Bagger made his Carnegie Hall soloist debut, with The Eco-Music Big Band in excerpts from the new opera Angela’s Ring (Incontrera). For his strong stage charisma, he has been hailed “consistently amusing” by The New York Times, and a “comic gem” by Broadway World. OperaWire has praised him for his “punctuating high notes”, while Voce di Meche wrote of his “admirable flexibility.” He holds a Masters of Music and a Bachelors of Music, magna cum laude, from The Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College, where he was the recipient of The Saul Lyons Memorial Scholarship, and The Brooklyn College Opera Theatre Award. Bagger is a Co-Founder and Artistic Chair of New Camerata Opera, a bold and innovative presence on the New York opera scene. He maintains an active performance schedule of contemporary and standard operatic repertoire. In addition, the tenor regularly performs sets of Neapolitan and Italian songs, with his own guitar accompaniment.
His interpretation of the male chorus was one of the most complex realizations on the stage.
He shifted his voice from dark and powerful to slim and soft, adding to this snake-like nature.”
- David Salazar, OperaWire