Declared by the New York Times as an artist with “beautiful, well-supported tone and compelling expression,” and defined as having an “exceptionally clear tone with vocal flexibility,” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) American countertenor Eric Jurenas is quickly making a name for himself in both the opera and concert scene. After a brief stint as a baritone in his first year of university studies, he made the daunting switch to the opposite side of the vocal spectrum.
Eric has worked with several groups as a featured artist, including The Wiener Staatsoper, The Santa Fe Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Lafayette, Wolf Trap Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, American Bach Soloists, among others.
Highlights of 2016-2017 season include engagements with Salzburger Festspiele (Adès’ The Exterminating Angel), Berlin Komische Oper (Ayres’ Peter Pan, Reimann’s Medea), Wiener Staatsoper (Reimann’s Medea), Royal Opera at Covent Garden (Mozart’s Mitridate, re di Ponto), and Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Dorman’s Wahnfried).
An avid competitor around the country and the world, Eric has received awards from several vocal competitions, including a prestigious award from The Sullivan Foundation, 1st place in the Handel Aria Competition, The International Competition -‘s-Hertogenbosch, 1st place in the Hal Leonard Online Vocal Competition, Dayton Opera Guild Competition, Kentucky Bach Choir Competition, and the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee Competition. He is a proud recipient of a Novick Career Advancement Grant.
He received his Masters degree from The Juilliard School and his Bachelors from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati.
He is a student of Dr. Robert White Jr., William McGraw, and George Gibson.