Opera North welcomes American tenor Erik Nelson Werner to sing the role of Siegmund in its new concert staging of Die Walküre, which opens at Leeds Town Hall on 16 June 2012, replacing Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts who has withdrawn from the role.
Praised in the US for his rich and emotive voice, Erik Nelson Werner trained as a baritone in Berlin and Munich before switching to the heldentenor repetoire. Recent roles have included Stroh in Intermezzo with New York City Opera (2010), Siegmund in Die Walküre with Virginia Opera (2011), and Grigori in Boris Godunov at the Lyric Opera of Chicago (2011). In 2011, he made his debut at Opéra national de Lorraine, as Chartkov in David Pountney’s production of Weinberg´s The Portrait, a co-production with Opera North.
Making his UK debut, Erik Nelson Werner joins a cast of seasoned international Wagnerian singers and established British performers, including Alwyn Mellor as Sieglinde, Annalena Persson as Brünnhilde, Béla Perencz as Wotan and Katarina Karnéus as Fricka, in the second strand of Opera North’s four year journey through Der Ring des Nibelungen, led by Music Director Richard Farnes.
Die Walküre opens at Leeds Town Hall on 16 June 2012, with further performances in Leeds on 20 and 27 June, and touring performances on 23 June (The Sage, Gateshead), 30 June (Symphony Hall, Birmingham) and 14 July (The Lowry, Salford Quays). For more information on this production, click here.