Third Place Winner of the 2007 “Meistersinger” Competition in Graz, Austria, tenor Eric Hanson began his career as a performing artist on the stage in Europe, touring with The American Theater Company for three years in the musical “The Fantasticks” in venues throughout Europe, and additional performances of Romberg’s “The Student Prince”, performed in the courtyard of the beautiful Heidelberg Castle.
Mr. Hanson then pursued studies in vocal performance and opera at Brigham Young University, receiving the Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance in 2007. While at BYU, he sang the roles of Eisenstein in Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus”, Frederick in Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” and Marco in "The Gondoliers". He also created the lead tenor role of Oliver Cowdery in the world premiere of Murray Boren’s opera “The Book of Gold”. His undergraduate studies culminated in being named “Singer of the Year” at Brigham Young in 2007, the school’s highest honor.
He received a Masters in Music from Florida State University where he performed the role of Tito in Mozart's "Clemenza di Tito" and Lysander in Benjamin Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. There he studied with Stanford Olsen and Shirley Close, and performed the role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s “La Bohéme”. The Tallahassee Democrat said “[though] it is difficult for young singers to project their voices into a large hall over a sumptuous romantic orchestra, …Hanson…did so consistently, without sacrificing vocal quality.” In his final semester at FSU he performed Britten's "Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings”. He graduated with honors from FSU, and completed his Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California in 2012.
As a student of Gary Glaze, at USC he performed the title role in Britten’s “Albert Herring”. Music critic Matthew Erikson said of his performance “tenor Eric Hanson played the lead, his pipeful voice summoning some of the same haunting power as the legendary Peter Pears”. Of his performance in the West Coast premier of Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot critics said, “with a broad palette, both vocally and as an actor, tenor Eric Hanson effectively painted the complex character of Luzio”.
Now an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, Mr. Hanson was recently featured with renowned soprano Lauren Flanigan, Nicholas Pallesen, and Vanessa Cariddi in El Paso Opera's yearly "Opera for All" concert singing "Nessun dorma" from Puccini's Turandot. In the summer of 2008 he performed as the tenor soloist in Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” in Costa Rica with the Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.