Professional classical singer (bass-baritone voice) with repertoire in opera, operetta, musical theater, and art song. Available to sing for church services, weddings, funerals, office events, etc. Holds degrees in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University (MM) and the University of Miami (BM). Currently working as an Artist in Residence with Opera Colorado.
We had Eric and Alissa performing a selection of arias and other songs for a private party - Their performance was impeccable, and the energy and passion they put in it made us all enjoy greatly the night. I highly recommend them for any event.
Thank you, Eric and Alissa!,
Price Range: $200 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, German, Spanish
What to Expect
I am an extremely well-versed singer of Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary repertoire. If you would like specific rep for your event, let me know and I will acquire and learn it if necessary!
Eric J. McConnell, bass-baritone, recently received his Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Vocal Performance at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, studying with renowned bass-baritone Kevin Short. He has been commended for his “finely pointed vocalism” and “deep and firm” low notes (South Florida Classical Review), as well as for his "well-toned voice" (El Nuevo Herald). Most recently, Mr. McConnell performed the roles of Simone (Gianni Schicchi), Aristotle Onassis (Jackie O), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) and Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro) with Frost Opera Theater. Recent professional credits include the role of Antonio in Central City Opera's Family Performance of Le nozze di Figaro and Science Officer Curium Black in the world premiere of Carson Kievman's Intelligent Systems at SoBe Arts Institute. Other operatic credits include the title character in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Sondheim), Pish-Tush in The Mikado (Gilbert and Sullivan), and Akala’s Father in the world premiere of Charles Norman Mason’s aleatoric opera Entanglements.
Mr. McConnell finds himself equally at home on the musical theater stage. Recent performances include Rod in Avenue Q, Ahab in Moby Dick! The Musical, and Molokov in Chess. Mr. McConnell has also competed all over the United States, establishing a spot as a national finalist in several competitions, including those of the New York Lyric Opera and Classical Singer Magazine. He spent Summer 2014 studying as a Studio Artist at Central City Opera.
This summer, Mr. McConnell was at Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake, NY, where he performed the role of Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), and workshopped the role of Elisha Fitzgibbon in Evan Mack's opera Roscoe. He has since moved to Chicago, where he began study for his Master's Degree in Vocal Performance at Northwestern University, working under the esteemed pedagogue Stephen Smith.
Past Booked Events
|September 28, 2013||Private Party|
Composers Whose Works I've Performed:
(list is not exhaustive)
J.S. Bach (St. Matthew Passion)
G.F. Handel (Messiah)
W.A Mozart (Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Magic Flute)
Franz Schubert (songs)
Hugo Wolf (songs)
Robert Schumann (songs)
Henri Duparc (songs)
Camille Saint-Saens (songs)
Johannes Brahms (songs)
Gerald Finzi (songs)
Giuseppe Verdi (Simon Boccanegra, Macbeth)
Georges Bizet (La jolie fille de Perth)
Charles Gounod (Faust)
Benjamin Britten (Billy Budd, Midsummer Night's Dream, Rape of Lucretia, and additional songs)
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