Thomas Erik Angerhofer has been praised by audiences and critics alike for his “powerful and sweet baritone”(Asheville Citizen-Times). Noted for the virility of his singing and the honesty of his interpretation, Erik’s career has taken him throughout North America and Europe. His repertoire spans every major genre, period, and style. Recent opera performances include Joseph DeRocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, Figaro in Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro, Tarquinius in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia, The Grandfather Clock and the Black Cat in Ravel’s L’enfent et les Sortileges, Anneas in Purcell’s Dido and Anneas, Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Peter in Hansel and Gretel, Marquis de la Force/Jailor in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Somnus in Handel’s Semele. He has been seen in operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan as Dick Deadeye, Captain Corcoran, Giuseppe, and Samuel. In demand as a concert artist, Erik is frequently heard as a soloist in works such as Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Faure’s Requiem, in addition to works of Vaughan-Williams, Telemann, Rameau, Battistin, Monteverdi, Strozzi, and more. He has appeared with opera companies, orchestras, and other performing organizations in London, Innsbruck, Luzerne, Venice, Paris, New York, Rochester, Buffalo, Denver, Boulder, Longmont, Grand Junction, Aspen, Billings, and Brevard, among others. Originally from New York, he appeared as a soloist in his first European tour at age 18, and has continued to move audiences with his compelling vocal and stage presence ever since.
Erik completed (magna cum laude) his undergraduate studies at S.U.N.Y. Fredonia, where he studied Music Education and Choral Conducting in addition to Voice Performance and Pedagogy. He earned a master’s degree in Voice Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has been awarded numerous fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships to further his musical education and experience. Appearances at major music festivals, including Aspen (AOTC), Brevard (Janicek Opera), and Chautauqua, include leading roles in opera and musical theater, concert, and recital performances. Erik has also participated in master classes given by leading musicians and teachers, including: Richard Miller, William McIver, Nico Castel, Martin Isepp, Michael Dean, and Deborah Voight. His principal voice teachers have been Kerrie Schreor-Templeton, Dr. David Evans, Seth McCoy, Patrick Mason, Daniel Ihasz, William Sharp, Julie Newell, Douglas Ahlstedt, Carlos Serrano, Cathy Kasch, William Wilson, and Margaret Lattimore.
After a year of post-graduate work focusing on opera stage direction at the University of Northern Colorado with Brian Luedloff, Erik is now working on a doctorate in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at CU Boulder where he continues his study of opera production as a Graduate Part Time Instructor in the Opera Studies area. He is also a member of the voice faculty at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. His recent performance of Joseph de Rocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking was given the distinction of being named 5th out of the top 10 classical music performances of 2006 by the Rocky Mountain News, a list which included notable performers and organizations such as Renee Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Joshua Bell, Central City Opera and Opera Colorado. Upcoming performances include Marcello in La Boheme and a new Requiem by James Martin.