Adrian Eröd is already a great favorite of public and press at his base, the Vienna State Opera, with his tremendous diversity, whether as Figaro in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, as Valentin in Gounod’s Faust, as Billy Budd or as Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon.
His magnificent success with Christian Thielemann as Sixtus Beckmesser in Wagner’s Meistersinger von Nürnberg led to an invitation to sing the role at the Bayreuther Festspielen. Since that time he sang the role of Beckmesser also in Zurich, Cologne, Leipzig, Tokyo and Amsterdam.
His performance of Loge in the Vienna State Opera production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold had attracted international attention, his creation of the role of Shylock in the World Premiere of André Tchaikovsky’s The Merchant of Venice at the Bregenz Festival was highly acclaimed, and in 2014 he debuted at the Salzburg Festival as Faninal in Harry Kupfer’s production of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier.
Since his debut 2001 at the Vienna State Opera as Mercutio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Adrian Eröd has been cast in such roles as Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte, Conte Almaviva Le Nozze di Fibaro, Eisenstein Die Fledermaus, Frank/Fritz Die tote Stadt, Albert Werther and Olivier Capriccio. The leading male role of Jason in Aribert Reimann’s Medea was written for him and he performed the world premiere and recently he was Prospero in the Austrian Première of Adès’ The Tempest.
He has also appeared at the Semperoper in Dresden (Olivier Capriccio, Faninal Der Rosenkavalier, Ottokar Der Freischütz), the Scala di Milano (Faninal Der Rosenkavalier), the Teatro Fenice in Venice (Harlekin Ariadne auf Naxos), at the Hamburg State Opera (Pelléas Pelléas et Melisande), at the Oper Frankfurt (Prospero The Tempest), the Tokyo National Opera (Don Giovanni, Guglielmo Cosí fan tutte, Eisenstein Der Rosenkavalier, Albert Werther), the Paris Opera (Olivier Capriccio), the Houston Grand Opera (Don Giovanni) and the Chicago Lyric Opera (Dr.Falke Der Fledermaus).
Following his education at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Vienna, where he was a student of Walter Berry, Adrian Eröd was engaged at the Landestheater Linz, then Wiener Volksoper and finally the Vienna State Opera, which, alongside his forthcoming international engagements, will continue to be a central base in his artistic future. In the coming years he will be appearing at the New National Opera in Tokyo (Der Fledermaus) and among others in Sevilla and Marseille.
Parallel to his opera career, Adrian Eröd is also extremely successful on the concert stage. He has appeared sang under Riccardo Muti and Nikolaus Harnoncourt with the Vienna Philharmonic, with Sir Simon Rattle and Christian Thielemann at the Berlin Philharmonic, with Fabio Luisi and Rafel Frühbeck de Burgos in Orff’s Carmina Burana, with Helmut Rilling in Bach’s Magnificat and Brahms’ Requiem, he performed Bach’s Johannespassion with Philippe Jordan, Fauré’s Requiem under Myung-Whun Chung with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Mendelssohn’s Elijah under Marek Janowski in Berlin.
He has also appeared at the Suntory Hall Tokyo, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, the Lucerne Festival, the Salzburg Easter Festival and Mozart Woche, the Styriarte Graz and the Beethoven Festival in Bonn. He has worked with Maximilian Schell, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Uri Caine, Andris Nelsons, Ingo Metzmacher, Thomas Hengelbrock, Marcello Viotti and the ensemble Modern.
He is particularly fond of Lied, and has given recitals in the Vienna Musikverein, the Linzer Brucknerhaus, the Lisztzentrum Raiding, the Tokyo Spring Festival and the Carinthian Summer. He recorded CDs with Songs by Franz Liszt and Schubert’s Winterreise for the Label Gramola.
Image Nikolaus Karlinsky