“Tenor Erik Bagger also had a solid night, particularly on his punctuating high notes… his interpretation of the male chorus was one of the most complex realizations on the stage. He was a changeling, shifting from an objective observer to being very much an orchestrator of the men’s worst actions. The tenor shifted his voice from dark and powerful to slim and soft, adding to this snake-like nature.”
- David Salazar, OperaWire, May 2019

“Erik Bagger lent his soulful tenor to “Tarquinius’ Ride” and showed admirable flexibility in adorning the vocal line. The excitement built just as Britten intended…”
-Voce di Meche, March 2019

“A potent performance of the final duet from Carmen between Bagger and Parr”
-David Salazar, Operawire

Click here to read an interview with Erik and his NCO colleagues in Classical Singer Magazine: Classical Singer Article- Summer 2018

“At first we thought it was a waste to cast tenor Erik Bagger in a non-singing role but it gave us an opportunity to take measure of his acting skills. His Toby was a sympathetic character whose tragic end gave us herzschmerz. Fortunately, we got to hear him sing later.”
-Voce di Meche, October 2017

“(Mr. Bagger) delivered a fine version of Kurt Weill’s “Youkali” and joined the ensemble for a work by Brahms that was new to us–”Wechsellied zum Tanze”.”
-Voce di Meche, October 2017

“The funniest bit was the song and dance of the Teapot and the Teacup, performed respectively by Erik Bagger and Brittany Fowler singing a strange amalgam of French, Japanese and Mandarin.”, March 2015

“Erik Bagger, alternating with Chad Kranak, made a strong showing as the eponymous innocent greengrocer’s son, a role written by Britten for his longtime life partner Peter Pears, convincing as he mused that he was missing out on life, as sheltered by his overprotective, guilt-tripping Mum, a forceful Heather Roberts, sharing the role with Helena Brown; going off on a tipsy tear, courtesy of the rum with which endearingly mischievous couple Sid (Steven Eddy, or Stan Lacy at other performances) and Nancy (Yiselle Blum, in alternation with Amy Maude Helfer) spiked his lemonade—to strains of the ‘love potion’ motif from “Tristan und Isolde;” and ultimately standing up to the town officials, as well as to his own mother, for the first time.”
-Bruce Michael-Gelbert,, January 2015

“Among the men, we enjoyed tenor Erik Bagger’s portrayal of the eponymous hero–at first under his mother’s thumb, shy and stooped over, later intoxicated and silly, and finally joyful and liberated.”
-Voce di Meche, January 2015

“All eyes are on him as he gives us a glimpse into his troubled soul. The music slows down a bit here, which allowed tenor Erik Bagger to really dig into the fuller potential of his youthful instrument… In fact, this is perhaps the moment in which he gave us some of his best singing of the night. I was thoroughly captivated as he progressed from pained despair to near frenzied madness only to decide that he will bear arms to seek revenge on his wife and her liaison and anybody else who might get in his way.”
-Allegri con Fuoco Blog, August 2014

“As the irrationally jealous Mr. Ford, tenor Erik Bagger, looking dapper in a business suit or shady in a gangster outfit, was the ultimate hapless victim of his own paranoia, but he did it with style physically and vocally.”
-Classical Music Rocks Blog, August 2014

“A pleasing tenore.. The Perfect Straight Man…”
-Superconductor Blog, August 2014

“Erik Bagger deserves special mention for his playful and charming portrayal of Alfredo’s friend Gaston.”
-Robert Gulack,, May 2014

“Jack Anderson White and Erik Bagger were consistently amusing in supporting roles.”
-Steve Smith, The New York Times, January 2014

The most farcical of the characters, Baron von Hackenbock (“a fortune hunter”) and Jasper Vanderbilt (“of the Kentucky Vanderbilts”) were comic gems in the hands of Jack Anderson White and Erik Bagger, respectively, milked for every laugh–and they got them.

-Richard Sasanow, BWW Opera World, January 2014

“Erik French Bagger sang a capable and rather darkly hued Tamino.”
-The Tyro Theatre Critic, August 2011

“All of the principals were super singing-actors. Included were Choong Lee (Alfred), Angela Gribble (Adele), Meredith Mecum (Rosalinda), Wonwhi Choi (Eisenstein), Erik Bagger (Dr. Blind), Travis Sherwoof (Dr. Falke), Barry Robinson (Frank), Stephen Mo Hanan (Froesch), Alexandra Smith (Ida) and Keiko Kai (Prince Orlofsky).”
-New York Amsterdam News, July 2009