Eric J. McConnell, bass-baritone (Sacristan), has received praise for his “finely pointed vocalism” and “deep and firm” low notes (Miami Herald), as well as for his "sturdy singing" (Chicago Tribune).
Mr. McConnell last performed with Soirée Lyrique as Frank in Die Fledermaus. Other recent roles include Olin Blitch (Susannah), Bartolo/Antonio (Le nozze di Figaro), Bartolo/Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Simone (Gianni Schicchi), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Angelotti/Jailer (Tosca), and William Jennings Bryan (The Ballad of Baby Doe). A dedicated performer of new works, Mr. McConnell has had the pleasure of creating many new operatic roles, including Elisha Fitzgibbon in Evan Mack’s Roscoe with the Albany Symphony Orchestra (featuring soprano Deborah Voigt), Retrograde/Asher in Eric Lindsay’s Cosmic Ray and the Amazing Chris with Thompson Street Opera, and Science Officer Curium Black in Carson Kievman’s Intelligent Systems with the SoBe Arts Institute.
He has trained as a young artist at Opera Saratoga, Seagle Music Colony, and Central City Opera. He holds a Master's Degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Miami.
After Tosca, Mr. McConnell will return to his home state of Colorado as a Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School, covering Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia and playing Schlemil in Les contes d’Hoffman. From there, he will begin work as a Young Artist with Opera Colorado through May 2019, covering Figaro and playing Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro, and playing Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata.