ethan herschenfeld

ethan herschenfeld


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«"hearing him sing changed my life."»
My mother (2017)
guy on Bleecker street (2017)
Una Ragazza Barese (2017)
«"excellent baron ochs, low notes and up, and captured the role of a boorish oaf, one still capable of earning the viewer’s sympathy."»
herald times (2017)
«"booming basso."»
the new york times (2017)
«"a true creature of the stage."»
haaretz (2017)
2006Mozart: Die ZauberflöteSarastro


"le Commandeur d’Ethan Herschenfeld, faisant étalage de sa grande voix noire de basse, donne un relief saisissant au spectre qui s'invite au dîner."

Ethan Herschenfeld made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2014 as the Murderer in Macbeth, and has appeared in recent seasons in the opera houses of Madrid, Venice, Versailles, Turin, Basel, Genova, Bari, Berlin, Dresden, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and San Diego in roles ranging from Fafner and Gurnemanz to Mefistopheles and Sparafucile.  His TV works includes mostly bad guys on Damages, Girls, Boardwalk Empire, Blue Bloods, Unforgettable, Forever, High Maintenance, and upcoming on Power. 

Ethan Herschenfeld played Pinky Rabinowitz on Boardwalk Empire (HBO),  Adeem Koroush on Girls (HBO), Anton Petrov on Blue Bloods (CBS), Agim Dervishi on Unforgettable (CBS), Eliot Tolken on Damages (FX), and Acid Head in the film It’s Kind of a Funny Story. 
He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Murderer in Macbeth.  In recent seasons he made his Semperoper Dresden debut as Cardinal Brogni in La Juive, and his Teatro Real Madrid debut as Aguirre and HogBoy in the world premier of Wuorinen’s Brokeback Mountain a performance for which critics praised his “dark, sculpted tone” (The Telegraph) and his “imposing stage presence and basso profondo” (Opera News). He sang his first Baron Ochs in Indiana, Gurnemanz (Parsifal) in Basel, Fafner and Hunding in Wagner’s Ring in Bari, King Marke (Tristan) in Turin, Judge Turpin (“exceptional”) in the Italian premier of Sweeney Todd in Bologna, Commendatore in Versailles (“big black bass voice”) Mephistopheles (Faust) in Hong Kong, Rocco (Fidelio) in Bolzano, Ravenna, and Tel Aviv, Sparafucile in Lugo di Ravenna, Tel Aviv and Philadelphia, and Kommissarius (Rosenkavalier) under the baton of Fabio Luisi in Genoa, where he also made his Italian debut in Billy Budd. L’Opera praised his “elegant singing” in Lugo calling him “an intense Sparafucile, rich with a beautiful deep vocal timber and discrete phrasing.” He has sung Sarastro in Venice, Berlin, Stuttgart, Rome, Liege and Bremen where he also sang Zaccarias (Nabucco), Osmin (“a true creature of the stage.”), and the Kardinal (Rienzi) directed by Katharina Wagner. In the US he has sung Don Fernando (Fidelio), Commendatore (“an awesome presence.”), Grenvil (Travata) and Kommissarius with Florentine Opera, Milwaukee, Boito’s Mefistofele and Don Basilio at Bob Jones University, Abimelech (Samson and Delila) at Hawaii Opera, Butt the Hoopoe in the world premier of Wourinen’s Haroun and the title role in
Ariane et Barbe-Bleue at New York City Opera, Colline (Boheme) in Chattanooga, Indiana Elliot’s Brother (Mother of Us All) with the San Francisco Opera, Hale (The Crucible) at Chautauqua Opera, and King Zuoxian in the world premier of Wenji in New York, and Hong Kong, a role for which the New York Times praised his “booming basso.” At Carnegie Hall he has sung Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae Solennes, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Theresienmesse, and the premiere of Rittenhouse’s Vision of the Apolcalypse, which he sang on tour throughout South Africa. 
A graduate of Harvard College, and winner of the Schorr Prize (Connecticut), Excellence in Arts Competition (Philadelphia), and Sembrich Competition (New York), he began his vocal training with Franco Corelli and is a long time student of Armen Boyajian.

Ethan Herschenfeld Bass  c.v. 

Sicario (debut role) & Apparizione (cover) Macbeth Metropolitan Opera

Steward (cover) Lady Macbeth of Mzensk Metropolitan Opera

Babayan (Bartolo) Figaro 90210! New York

Aguirre & Hog-Boy Brokeback Mountain Teatro Real Madrid

Sarastro Die Zauberflöte Teatro la Fenice, Deutsche Oper, Stuttgart, Liege, Bremen

Gurnemanz Parsifal Theater Basel

Baron Ochs Der Rosenkavalier Musical Arts Center Bloomington Indiana

Sparafucile Rigoletto New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, Teatro Rossini Lugo, Philadelphia

Cardinal Brogni La Juive Semperoper Dresden

König Marke Tristan und Isolde Teatro Regio Torino

Alonso Der Sturm Concertgebouw Amsterdam Broadcast & CD

Rocco Fidelio Bolzano, Ravenna, New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv

Don Fernando Fidelio Florentine Opera Milwaukee

Fafner, Hunding, Fafner Ring Cycle Teatro Petruzzelli Bari

Hunding The Valkyrie Eos Orchestra New York

Osmin Die Entführung aus dem Serail Bremen, Tel Aviv, Boston

Sprecher Die Zauberflöte Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma

Grenvil La Traviata Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera, Florentine Opera,

Kommissarius Der Rosenkavalier Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, Florentine

Commendatore Don Giovanni Opéra Royal de Versailles, Florentine, Ashlawn

Leporello Don Giovanni Brescia, Cremona, Como

Colline La Bohème Chattanooga Opera, Belleayre Festival

Zaccarias Nabucco Theater Bremen

Mefistofele Mefistofele BJU South Carolina

Don Basilio Barber of Seville BJU South carolina, Lugo, Avery Fisher Hall

Butt the Hoopoe Haroun New York City Opera

Barbe-Bleue Ariane et Barbe-Bleue New York City Opera

Méphistophélès Faust Hong Kong Opera

Abimelech Samson et Dalila Hawaii Opera Theater

Ratcliffe Billy Budd Teatro Carlo Felice Genova

Reverend Hale The Crucible Chautauqua Opera

Indiana Elliot's Brother Mother of Us All San Francisco Opera

Constable & Police The Nose Bard Summerscape Festival

Judge Turpin Sweeney Todd Bologna, Piacenza, Lugo, Toledo

King Zuoxian Wenji Asia Society New York, Hong Kong Arts Festival

Dr. P. The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat Quantum Theater Pittsburgh

Jesus St. John Passion Annapolis

Bass Soloist Messiah Carnegie Hall; Annapolis; Smith College; et al.

T.V. & Film: Pinky Rabinowitz Boardwalk Empire HBO; Adeem Koroush Girls HBO; Agim Dervishi Unforgettable CBS; Eliot Tolken Damages FX; Acid Head It's Kind of a Funny Story Focus Features; Hairdresser High Maintenance HBO; Ukrainian Security Madam Secretary CBS

Awards: International Classical Music Award for Concertgebouw Der Sturm; First Prize Friedrich Schorr Competition; Grand Prize Excellence in Arts Competition; First Prize Sembrich Voice Competition.

Training: Harvard College; Aspen Music Festival; Israel Vocal Arts Institute; EPCASO Italy; Austrian American Mozart Academy; Tiroler Festspiele Austria; Actor’s Institute London. American Comedy Institute, New York.

Contact: Walter Vladarski US: Kathy Olsen 2124398055

Spain: Miguel Lerín +34.93.3017548 Italy: Beatrice Ferraro 6466418749

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Sarastro Immediately Venezia La Fenice 2006