Since his debut in 2000, Erik Kroncke’s unique bass voice has been in demand by opera companies and orchestras all over the world. He has been heard in such varied repertoire as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Osmin in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Gremin in Eugene Onegin, Ramphis in Aida, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Philip and the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlos, Hunding in Die Walküre, Fafner in Das Reingold, and Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer. He has appeared with many companies including the Sarasota Opera, Opera San José, Chautauqua Opera, Natchez Opera Festival, Green Mountain Opera, Bronx Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Opera Fort Collins, Opera Colorado, Opera Theater of the Rockies, Hudson Opera Theater, Delaware Valley Opera, New Jersey Verismo Opera, Lyric Opera Virginia, and Opera in the Heights.
Highlights of 2006/2007, he sang his first Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer with Opera Fort Collins and Mephistopheles in Faust, made his debut in Boston with Lowell House Opera in the role of Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier, as well as his role debut of Padre Guardiano in La Forza del Destino.
He was the American Wagner and St. Bonaventura award winner from the Liederkranz competition in 2008. The same year, he made his South Korea debut with the Korean W Philharmonic in Seoul as the bass soloist in Beethoven’s 9th symphony as well as his debut with Opera San José as Gremin in Eugene Onegin.
As a studio artist with Sarasota Opera in 2009, he sang Boris in the coronation scene from Boris Goudenov with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. He also sang his first Messiah performances in Connecticut and his home state of Vermont.
His symphonic and oratorio performances have included engagements with the New York Philharmonic, Danbury Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony, Vermont Philharmonic, and the American Classical Orchestra in such varied repertoire as the Shostakovich 13th, Haydn’s the Seasons, as well as “The Three Basses” concerts.
2010 saw Mr. Kroncke as an award winner of the Gerda Lissner Wagner competition and his first concert performance of Die Winterreise with the Rochester Concert Series.
In 2011, he sang the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo, Zuniga in Carmen and Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte. He made his debut as the Marchese in La Traviata with Lyric Opera Virginia as well as performed in various concerts throughout New England.
2012 began with Beethoven’s 9th symphony on New Years day and continued with a role debut of Enrico VIII in Anna Bolena, then a concert of Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death. Colline in La Boheme, the Bonze in Madame Butterfly, and a series of concerts in the Northeast with Mary Jane Austin rounded out the year.
This year, Mr. Kroncke will once again perform the Beethoven 9th on New Years Day, head to St. Petersburg, FL. for Angelotti in Tosca, go back to Vermont to sing Gremin in Eugene Onegin with Opera Company Middlebury, and continue to give concerts throughout New England with Mary Jane Austin.
Mr. Kroncke has been an artist in residence at Natchez Opera Festival, an apprentice artist at Chautauqua Opera, and a winner of the 2002 and 2003 Friedrich Schorr Vocal Competition.