Tenor Eric Mentzel is well known to early music aficionados both in the U.S. and Europe, where he lived for 15 years. He has enjoyed an international career as an early music specialist, working with such conductors as Andrew Parrott, Howard Arman, Paul van Nevel, and Jean Tubery and has appeared at major festivals and concert venues across Europe, including the Holland Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Brussels Palais de Beaux Arts, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham; concert tours have taken him as far as Japan and Australia. Mentzel is also known for his close collaboration with the most highly regarded ensembles in the early music field, such as Sequentia, the Ferrara Ensemble, and the Huelgas Ensemble. He has appeared on more than 40 CDs for Sony, Decca, BMG, Harmonia Mundi, Arcana, Opus 111, Raumklang, Naxos and others, and his recordings have been awarded the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Grammy), the Diapason d’Or de l’Annee, and the Choc de Musique (French recording awards).
In addition to his work in early music, Mentzel has long been involved in contemporary music, premiering new works by Alfred Schnittke, Henri Pousseur, Andrew Toovey, Johannes Fritsch, and Volker Staub both in the US and abroad. Most recently, he sang the role of Galileo in the world premiere of Stargazer, an opera by American composer Garrett Fisher.
Mentzel serves as Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Oregon and is frequently invited to teach workshops and master classes in Europe and North America. He has done several residencies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, culminating in a 4-month study/recording project in 2010, and he performs and teaches each year at the Mexican summer course for singers, Ars Vocalis Mexico. He is a guest professor at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and has also taught at the Vancouver Early Music Programme and the Amherst Early Music Workshop.