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TENOR ERIK RASMUSSEN
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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 instinctual stagecraft have led him to thrill audiences across the United States. Equally at home with a variety of genres including opera, oratorio, art song, and more, he was recently awarded first prize at the 2020 NATS Central New York Finger Lakes Region competition in the Upper Advanced College/Independent Studio category.
As an operatic artist, Rasmussen has appeared in numerous leading and supporting roles such as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with the Queens College Opera (canceled due to COVID-19), Oronte in Alcina with the Amadeus Opera Company, Jonathan in a semi-staged production of Saul and King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Arnold Schwartz Memorial Concert Series, Camille de Rosillon in The Merry Widow with the Hillman Opera, and more. In concert, he has presented works by Benjamin Britten and Adolphus Hailstork in a recital titled Illuminations of Love and Justice at The Interchurch Center and LeFrak Concert Hall with pianist Cullan Bryant, and has performed as the tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Lake Junaluska Singers. Having an aptitude for new music, Rasmussen has been involved in the performing of several world premieres, including Jason Leger Handron's Three Poems by Stephen Crane, Matthew Jihoon Pellegrino's Love Songs from the Lost Lands, and Persis Vehar's SHOT! with Nickel City Opera.
Rasmussen earned his Master of Music from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and his Bachelor of Music from the SUNY Fredonia School of Music. He has participated in summer training programs at SongFest and Spotlight on Opera, and served as a resident staff singer at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center for two consecutive summers. He is currently a staff singer at The Riverside Church of New York City and voice teacher at Rock N Roll U in Hauppauge, New York.