International Lyric tenor, Eric Fennell A Metropolitan Opera National Counsel regional finalist and prize winner in the Licia Albanese Competition, Mr. Fennell’s professional debut came when he jumped in for Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. This opportunity lead him to The New York City Opera where he sang six seasons and 13 roles. Mr. Fennell’s operatic highlights include Rodolfo in La Bohème with New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, National Theater Mannheim, Edmonton Opera, Manitoba Oper; The Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto for Deutsche Oper Berlin, The Prague National Theater, The Slovak National Theater, Theater Bremen; Alfredo in La Traviata with New York City Opera, The Slovak National Theater; Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for Sarasota Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera; Roberto in Roberto Devereux for Dallas Opera; Roméo in Roméo et Juliette for Slovenian National Theater, Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater Schwerin, Toledo Opera, and Opera North (USA); Don José in Carmen for Arizona Opera, Theater Lübeck, Pacific Opera Victoria, and St. Margarethen Festspiele; Camille in Die Lustige Witwe for Deutsche Oper am Rhein (European debut); Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Utah Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, and Lake George Opera; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor for Des Moines Metro Opera; Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi for the Macau International Music Festival (China); Des Grieux in Manon for The Maria Biesu International Opera Festival; Nadir in The Pearl Fishers for Madison Opera; and Gerald in Lakmé for Sarasota Opera and Teatro Principal de Palma de Mallorca. Mr. Fennell has also appeared with San Francisco Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Tulsa Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Central City Opera, Deutsches National Theater Weimar, Salzburg Landestheater, Festival de Opera de Tenerife, Arena di Verona, Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, and the Spoleto Festival USA.
A distinguished concert performer, Eric Fennell has performed the tenor solos in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony for National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall, Tokyo City Orchestra (Japan), Cairo Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic Symphony, Virginia Symphony, and Allentown Symphony; Verdi’s Requiem for The Latvian National Symphony, The Paul Hill Chorale in Washington, D.C. and in recording with the Smith College Orchestra; Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for Konzertchor Darmstadt; Händel’s Messiah for National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall, Virginia Symphony, Allentown Symphony, and Tucson Symphony; Mozart’s Requiem for Arena di Verona, The New Haven Symphony, and National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall; Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the Eugene Concert Choir; and William Maselli’s JFK Requiem at Carnegie Hall.
The 2013-2014 for Mr. Fennell began with a successful debut singing Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera for Theater Pforzheim (September 2013), followed by the world premiere of Dorian Gray directed by Nicola Raab for The Slovak National Theater Bratislava (November 2013). Mr. Fennell sang further performances in Bratislava of Rigoletto and La Traviata (December 2013). In March 2014, he had another role debut as Hoffmann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann for Theater Pforzheim. Ludwig Steinbach of Der Opern Freund writes, “Eric Fennell in the title role gave reason for particular enthusiasm. This tenor, who can claim Hoffmann as his best role to date…does not only cope extremely well with the requirements of French diction, but the language has a downright positive impact on his voice, which sounded particularly full-bodied on opening night.” Mr. Fennell continued his successful spring singing Rodolfo in La Bohème for Manitoba Opera (April 2014) before returning to Europe for more performances of Hoffmann and Ballo which concluded in July 2014.
In 2014-2015, Mr. Fennell returned to the USA for Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Utah Opera with Yunah Lee as Cio Cio San, Robert Tweten conducting, and Garnett Bruce directing (October 2014). In November, he sang Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Palma de Mallorca and Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Brandenburg, Germany. Mr. Fennell joined GöteborgsOperan (Sweden) to sing The Prince in John Adams’ A Flowering Tree conducted by Joana Carneiro and reunited him with director Nicola Raab (February 2015). His spring season culminated with a return to Riga for Roberto in Le Villi for the Latvian National Opera (May-June 2015).
2015-2016 began as Mr. Fennell sang Hoffmann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann for Theater Augsburg and Il Duca in Rigoletto for Theater Bremen(October-November 2015). In March 2016, Eric Fennell sang title role in Verdi’s Don Carlos (4 act Italian) for the Lithuanian National Opera in a production by Günter Krämer conducted by Pierre Vallet. The 2016-2017 season began with Duca in Rigoletto for the National Theater in Prague followed by Rodolfo in a tour of La Bohème in France and Spain, and continued with his debut of the title role of Werther for Staatstheater Braunschweig(January-February 2017), followed by Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Chattanooga Opera (March 2017). Mr. Fennell will then sing Hoffmann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann for Hawaii Opera Theater (April 2017). He will also return to Riga for Le Villi, Vilnius for Don Carlo, and Bremen for Rigoletto.
Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Eric Fennell now lives in Berlin, Germany. He received a BA in music from Gettysburg College and a Masters in Voice and Artist Diploma from Boston University where he was a member of the Opera Institute.