Erica Brookhyser is represented by Rayfield Allied worldwide.
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A huge ovation at the final curtain for Erica Brookhyser: with a keen dramatic sensibility and a full earthy altoThomas Wolff, Darmstädter Echo Zeitung
American mezzo, Erica Brookhyser, begins the 2014-15 Season in her role debut as Brigitte Die Tote Stadt in concert with Boston’s Odyssey Opera. She travels to Denver to join Opera Colorado in her house debut in the role of Suzuki Madama Butterfly.
Miss Brookhyser spent the last three seasons as principal mezzo at Statstheatre Darmstadt where she sang roles such as Didon Les Troyens, Preziosilla La Forza del Destino, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, Fenena Nabucco, Orfeo Orfeo et Euridice, Second Lady Die Zauberflöte and Muse/Nicklausse Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Emilia Otello, Flora La Traviata, and Blumenmachen Parsifal.
Recent highlights include her return to Los Angeles Opera (where she previously spent two years in the young artist program) for her debut appearance as Meg Page Falstaff, and recitals with Newport Symphony. She appeared at the Spoleto Festival USA in El Niño by John Adams as well as in Handel’s Dettinger Te Deum, garnering excellent notices.
Major success came when Erica won the title role of Carmen as part of the German reality television show produced by the ARTE-TV channel, Who will become Carmen? The series, which aired last summer, showed artists auditioning for the role, and preparations being made for the production. Her live performances took place at the newly-established Berlin Seefestspiele in August 2012.
Miss Brookhyser originally studied Vocal Performance at the University of Oregon and New England Conservatory, and trained at the opera studios of Santa Fe Opera, Utah Opera, Central City Opera, Tanglewood Music Festival, and Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Programme from 2008-2010. Since making her professional debut at Boston Lyric Opera in 2006, she has received consistently high praise for her musical artistry and acting ability.
Other roles in the artist’s repertoire include Cendrillon Cendrillon at Central City Opera; Mercédès Carmen, cover Andronico/cover Irene Tamerlano at Los Angeles Opera; Tisbe/cover Angelina La Cenerentola, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni (cover) at Utah Opera; Myrtale Thaïs at Boston Lyric Opera; Dorabella Così fan tutte at New England Conservatory.
The artist’s collaborators have included stage directors Achim Freyer, Chas Rader-Shieber, Marta Domingo and John Dew, as well as conductors James Conlon, Plácido Domingo, William Lacey and Steuart Bedford.
Her work on the concert platform includes Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Mozart’s C minor Mass with the Cincinnati May Festival under the baton of James Conlon, Moses und Aron with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Levine, Zarzuela and Opera Highlights with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra under the baton of Plácido Domingo.
El Niño, Spoleto Festival USA
Caitlin Lynch, Erica Brookhyser and Mark Walters are outstanding as the principal vocal soloists.George Loomis, Financial Times
Equally impressive were the three soloists, whose roles were changing throughout the piece, advancing the plot most of the time, with a few select arioso moments. Mezzo-soprano Erica Brookhyser was a revelation, a powerful presence with control, depth and extreme dynamic and expressive range.Yiorgos Vassilandonakis, The Post and Courier
Bible characters were given voice by excellent soloists--Caitlin Lynch, soprano; Erica Brookhyser, mezzo-soprano; and Mark Walters, baritone.James Oestreich, New York Times
The soloists were uniformaly excellent. Soprano Caitlin Lynch and mezzo Erica Brookhyser both own marvelous instruments, and both covered huge ranges of vocal and emotional expression.Charleston City Paper
Falstaff, Los Angeles Opera
Erica Brookhyser as Meg, and Ronnita Nicole Miller as Quickly were all strong individually; but together their voices blended beautifully. Their acting was also charming.Opera Magazine
The two wives, played by Erica Brookhyser and Carmen Giannattasio are musically charming, the young lovers are sweetHuffington Post
As the merry wives, Carmen Giannattasio (Alice Ford), Erica Brookhyser (Meg Page), Ronnita Nicole Miller (Mistress Quickly), and Ekaterina Sadovnikova (Nannetta) proved an impressive and adorable quartet.Jane Rosenberg, Seen and Heard international
Soprano Carmen Giannattasio (Alice) and mezzo-soprano Erica Brookhyser (Meg) are sprightly as the scheming objects of Falstaff's attention.Mark Swed, LA Times
Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Staatstheater Darmstadt
April/ May 2012
The sympathies of the public definitely belonged to Erica Brookhyser, who portrayed an elegant Niklas with boyish, cheeky mezzo, as well as a selfishly loving Muse, who uses all means possible to win over her poet and at the right moment also pulls out her vocal claws.Steffan Meder, Main-Echo Zeitung
Marvelous in both voice and physicality was the Friend-Muse "Niklas" by Erica Brookhyser.Bernhard Uske, Frankfurter Rundschau
The main character, however, turns out to be surprisingly Niklas (appearing as the Muse in the Prologue and Epilogue), Hoffmann's companion. This is due to this version [...] and on the flexible, natural and expressive singing of Erica Brookhyser. The audience thanked her with the strongest ovation.Andreas Bomba, Frankfurter Neue Presse
Orfee et Euridice, Staatstheater Darmstadt
January/ February 2012
In the central role of Orfeo, Erica Brookhyser's mezzo-soprano is capable of taking on almost androgynously dark colours, while still sounding fresh, agile and luminescent.Axel Zibulski, Rhein-Mein Allgemeine Zeitung
Particularly captivating was the freshness and grace of Erica Brookhyser, which she conveys not only through her singing, but also through her dancer's bearing in this role. She endowed Orfeo with memorable gestures, singing with the whole body lying down and in lifts and turns.Eva-Maria Magel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Nabucco, Staatstheater Darmstadt
October 2011/ January 2012
Erica Brookhyser shone for her cultivated lyrical tone as Abigaille's half-sister Fenena.Johannes Breckner, Darmstädter Echo Zeitung
Erica Brookhyser (Fenena) offers touching lyricism.Andreas Bomba, Frankfurter Neue Presse
Of the soloists, Fenena (Erica Brookhyser) and Abigaille (Katrin Gerstenberger) leave strong impressions.Bernhard Uske, Frankfurter Rundschau
Carmen, Staatstheater Darmstadt
Erica Brookhyser embodies her own version of the title character perfectly: A beautiful woman, but without any done-up affectation, whose warmth can suddenly turn into an all-consuming blaze, and whose sensitivity, the weak spot of her pursuing lover, quickly mutates into a deadly offensive weapon. Combining an extraordinary stage presence and a powerful vocal interpretation, this mezzo-soprano is exemplary.Benedikt Stegemann, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Erica Brookhyser, like Susanna Serfling [Micaëla], boasts a beautiful voice and a natural instinct for the stage. Her gypsy, around which the entire piece revolves, is a Lover, not a Demon. Even when she hurls her "Non!" to Don José, the cast-off lover, she remains free of callousness. And when the stalker Don José in the end kills his victim, no one thinks, not even in secret, that is serves her right.Christian Knatz, Darmstädter Echo
Erica Brookhyser is a magnificent Carmen. Her mezzo soprano has a timbre that casts a spell. She dominated the sold out theater, and her dance with castanets added pizzazz. At the curtain call, Brookhyser garnered vociferous Bravos.Manfred Merz, Gießener Allgemeine
Flawless performance by Erica Brookhyser as Carmen. A female superman who is thoroughly graceful and savvy on stage.Bernhard Uske, Frankfurter Rundschau
Erica Brookhyser dramatic approach to Carmen is enjoyable from the depths of her seamless voice to her coquettishness.Andreas Bomba, Frankfurter Neue Presse