Eric Fennell

A Metropolitan Opera National Council 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 led him to The New York City Opera where he sang 13 roles over six seasons .

He has played title roles in Werther, Roméo et Juliette and The Tales of Hoffmann; the Duke in Rigoletto, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly along with other operatic heroes (and anti-heroes). Critics have praised his fearless high register and emotional depths; his concert work in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and the requiems of Verdi and Mozart alone have taken him to top concert halls across the United States and abroad.

Mr. Fennell’s operatic highlights include Rodolfo in La Bohème with New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Saratoga, National Theater Mannheim, Edmonton Opera, Manitoba Opera; The Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto for Deutsche Oper Berlin, The Prague National Theater, The Slovak National Theater, Theater Bremen; Werther in Werther for Staatstheater Braunschweig and Opera Zuid (Netherlands); Alfredo in La Traviata with New York City Opera and 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; Hoffmann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann for Theater Pforzheim, Theater Krefeld, Theater Augsburg, and Hawaii Opera Theater; Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera for Theater Pforzheim; Don Carlo in Don Carlo for Lithuanian National Opera; Camille in Die Lustige Witwe for Deutsche Oper am Rhein; Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for Utah Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, and Opera Saratoga; Roberto in Le Villi for Latvian National Opera; The Prince in John Adams’ A Flowering Tree for Göteborgs Operan (Sweden); Dorian in Dorian Gray (World Premiere) for Slovak National Theater; 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 (Moldova); 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, Mr. 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; Rossini’s Stabat Materfor Brandenburg Philharmonic; 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.

In 2019-20 Mr. Fennell sings the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann for the Deutsches National Theater Weimar for Staatstheater Mainz.  He makes his debut in the role of Leicester in Rossini’s Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghiterra for Odyssey Opera in Boston and sings Don José in Carmen for Kansas City Lyric Opera.

Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Mr. 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. When he is not on stage, Mr. Fennell is on the ice playing hockey, a sport he has played since the age of 7.

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