Erica Iris- Bio

Mezzo-soprano Erica Iris Huang, BMus, Op Dip (WLU); Op Dip (Toronto), emerged into Toronto’s music scene with credits to “a gorgeous big voice, seamless from top to bottom, dramatic, and highly expressive ”(Howard Dyck).She made her 2004 operatic debut as Tituba in Ward’s The Crucible and has fulfilled the roles of Mrs. Herring (Albert Herring), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Fidalma (Il Matrimonio Segreto), Concepción (L’heure espagnole), Lisetta (Il Mondo Della Luna) ,Carmen (Bizet’s Carmen), The Old Woman (Candide), Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos), and Mistress Quickly (Falstaff). In 2008, she was “ hailed for her winning portrayal of the impetuous Composer ” in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Toronto Summer Music (Mary-Lou Vetere of Opera Today), and “gave the best singing of the evening as the sympathetic Aunt Adel aïde” in Charles Wilson’s Kamouraska with Opera In Concert in 2009 (Ken Winters of The Globe and Mail). Praised for her stage presence of warmth and character, Erica has captivated audiences with her sensitivity and vocal timbres, which lend their hands in the new music repertory. She was featured in Igor Correia’s “Three Great Songs of Range,” won the 2008 Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian music, and made her New Music Concerts debut with the premiere of Paul Steenhuisen’s Supplice and Demand, performed with an “intense beautiful opacity” (Robert Everett-Green of The Globe And Mail). Winner of the 2011 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Competition, she also holds the City of Brandon Prize, based on the best performance of the commissioned work by Michael Oesterle.