Erik Rasmussen’s unique and colorful tenor voice has been described as, “youthful, amusing, and crowd-pleasing.” (Brooklyn Discovery) Hailing from Brentwood, New York, his sensitive artistry and stylistic musicality have led him to thrill audiences across the United States. Most recently an alumnus of Spotlight on Opera, Erik starred as Eddie Pensier in a touring production of the children’s opera THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS, entertaining hundreds of children in the Shreveport, Louisiana area with his strong acting choices and comedic sense. While attending classes regarding numerous topics in artistic entrepreneurship, Erik’s further engagements with Spotlight on Opera included performing as Prunier in LA RONDINE, Herr Eiler in THE IMPRESARIO, and Tamino in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, in addition to covering Nika Magadoff (the Magician) in THE CONSUL and the Messenger in AIDA. His 2018/2019 season in New York City furthermore included engagements such as Jonathan in SAUL and King Kaspar in AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS with the Arnold Schwartz Memorial Concert Series, covering the Sailor in DIDO & AENEAS with Stony Brook Opera, and numerous role studies with SingThrough Central. Among Erik’s engagements for the 2019/2020 season included performances as Oronte in ALCINA with Amadeus Opera and Rinuccio* in GIANNI SCHICCHI with the Queens College Opera (*Canceled due to COVID-19).
Equally at home on the concert stage as on the operatic stage, Erik has polished his storytelling skills as a young artist with SongFest, studying the intricate stylistic choices of Hugo Wolf with Roger Vignoles, the connection of Italian language and song with Tony Cho and Lucas Wong, and Russian diction with Nikolay Verevkin. Appearing as a chorister and featured soloist with the Lake Junaluska Singers under the direction of Mary Huff throughout two consecutive summer seasons in 2017 and 2018, Erik performed repertoire ranging from early sacred music to broadway to opera to gospel, and made his MESSIAH soloist debut during the 2017 holiday season. Most recently, Erik appeared in Spotlight on Opera’s Aria Extravaganza, Cabaret, and Ales & Arias concerts, SingThrough Central’s Autumn Arias Soiree, and the first annual Opera on the Beach at Rockaway Beach.
A 2017 graduate of the SUNY Fredonia School of Music, Erik’s mainstage work included the Sailor in DIDO & AENEAS and Camille de Rosillon in THE MERRY WIDOW with the Hillman Opera, in addition to covering John Brooke in LITTLE WOMEN with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and being featured in Nickel City Opera’s world premiere performance of Persis Vehar’s SHOT! at the historic Shea’s Performing Arts Center. In concert, Erik’s student residency furthermore included performances with the United States Army Field Band & Soldier’s Chorus, Ethos New Music Society, the Fredonia Chamber-Made Guitar Ensemble, the Fredonia Chamber Choir, and the Fredonia Masterworks Chorus. A lover of new music, Erik premiered the song cycles "Love Songs from the Lost Lands" by Matthew Pellegrino and "Three Poems by Stephen Crane" by Jason Leger Handron while classmates at Fredonia. Erik is a recipient of the Lawrence Schauffler Scholarship, the Sol Schoenbach Memorial Scholarship, and the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence from the U.S. Marine Corps Youth Foundation. He is currently pursuing his masters degree at the Aaron Copland School of Music, where he is a recipient of the Cantor S. Katz Endowment and studies with critically acclaimed baritone Sidney Outlaw.