"Erik Anstine’s likeable, common-sensical Leporello and fine comic timing occasionally even threaten to upstage his master."
Praised for the beauty of his voice and the vitality of his performances, young American basso Erik Anstine is making a name for himself on opera and concert stages in North America and Europe.
Mr. Anstine will make his Salburg Festspiele debut as Antonio/Le nozze di Figaro this summer, and his Colline/La Boheme debut this coming fall in Zürich.
Currently a member of the Opernhaus Zürich ensemble, Mr. Anstine has been seen this season in a new production of Die Zauberflöte, and a revival of Ariadne auf Naxos. Away from Zürich, Mr. Anstine made his Leporello/Don Giovanni debut with Seattle Opera. Previous seasons in Zürich have seen Mr. Anstine performing, among other roles, Wagner/Faust, Melisso/Alcina, Antinoo and Tempo/Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, Bartolo/Figaro, Sam/Un ballo in maschera, Biterolf/Tannhäuser, and Masetto/Don Giovanni.
As a member of Los Angeles Opera's Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program for the 2011-12 season, Mr. Anstine appeared as the Captain in Eugene Onegin, Frere Jean in Romeo et Juliette, and Der Tod in Viktor Ullman's Der Kaiser von Atlantas under the baton of James Conlon as part of the company's on-going Recovered Voices series. During the summer of 2012, Mr. Anstine was a member of The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program. He covered the Archbishop in Szymanowski's King Roger and Sciarrone in Tosca.
Mr. Anstine made his Seattle Opera main stage debut in 2011 as the Second Priest in Die Zauberflöte. As a member of Seattle Opera's young artist program, Mr. Anstine was heard as Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte and Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos. He was a participant in the 2010 Castleton Festival where he sang the Notary in Gianni Schicchi and stepped in at the last minute to perform Peachum in John Gay's A Beggar's Opera
Erik Anstine was the Grand Prize Winner of the Orpheus Vocal Competition in 2011 and a diploma recipient at the 2013 Queen Sonja International Music Competition. He was also a participant in Thomas Quasthoff's 'Das Lied' competition in Berlin in 2009 and a two-time Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Erik Anstine graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music degree and completed his Masters studies at Indiana University. While at Northwestern University, Mr. Anstine studied for one year at the Royal Academy of Music in London.