Tenor Eric Ferring, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, graduated magna cum laude from Drake University in 2014 with his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and The Boston Conservatory in 2016 with his Master of Music in Opera Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Rebecca Folsom. Presently a second-year Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist, he joins the Ensemble of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago beginning in May 2018.

During the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Ferring is scheduled to perform as Spoletta in Tosca, Basilio/Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, Ricky in The Long Walk, The Protagonist in the world premiere of Ashes & Snow in collaboration with American Opera Projects, Flask in Moby-Dick, and Nemorino in the student matinee of in L’elisir d’amore. During the tenor’s first year as a Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist, he performed as Gastone in La traviata, as Fourth Jew in Salome, and Señor Alcalde in the world premiere of The Summer King. Mr. Ferring was an Apprentice Singer at Santa Fe Opera where he covered Oronte in Alcina and was awarded the 2017 Richard Tucker Memorial Scholarship.

Heralded by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for being “powerful and direct…while conveying a range of conflicting emotions with distinction and subtlety” and by having a “bold precision to his substantial sound,” Mr. Ferring has been seen at many prestigious summer programs and received a number of awards.

In the 2015-2016 summers, Mr. Ferring appeared at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist performing Parpignol in La bohème, Zahir in Shalimar the Clown (world premiere), as well as covering Scaramuccio inAriadne auf Naxos and Prunier in La rondine. While at OTSL, Mr. Ferring received a career award from the Richard Gaddes Fund for Young Artists given in recognition of his great vocal potential. Mr. Ferring has also been a Studio Artist at Wolf Trap Opera performing Lacouf in Les mamelles de Tirésias and covering Remendado in Carmen. Mr. Ferring was a Young Artist at both the Seagle Music Colony and Cedar Rapids Opera, and performed numerous roles with both companies.

A multi-talented artist, Mr. Ferring is also an accomplished conductor, having conducted To Hell and Back, Old Maid and the ThiefA Chorus LineSweeney ToddAnything Goes, and A Little Night Music, as well as assistant conducting productions of Iphigénie en Tauride and Le nozze di Figaro.

Mr. Ferring received Third Prize at the 2017 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Voice Competition and has received three Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions District Encouragement Awards, as well as most recently a Regional Encouragement Award from the Great Lakes Region. Mr. Ferring took 2nd Place in the 2014 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition:

Pittsburgh Opera – Le nozze di Figaro

Eric Ferring used his bright tenor sound and canny stage aptitude to differentiate the two smaller roles of the music teacher Don Basilio and the lawyer Don Curzio.”

Robert Croan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“There are two tenor roles in the opera (Don Basilio and Don Curzio), each with comparatively little to do, but with both in the hands of Eric Ferring, they took on a prominence that was out of the ordinary.”

George B. Parous, Pittsburgh in the Round

 Pittsburgh Opera – Tosca

In supporting roles, Eric Ferring’s bright, penetrating tenor was a standout as Scarpia’s henchman Spoletta.”

Robert Croan, Pitsburgh Post-Gazette

Boston Conservatory – Flight

Eric Ferring’s heroic tenor has an unshakable core that brings a bold precision and control to his substantial sound.”

Sudeep Agarwala, The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Boston Conservatory – The Rake’s Progress

Eric Ferring’s Tom Rakewell was likewise powerful and direct, in a part that gave more range to conflicting emotions and a dramatic display of decline, which he conveyed with distinction and subtlety.”

Vance R. Koven, The Boston Musical Intelligencer

COMPOSER OPERA ROLE
Beck The Long Walk Ricky
Beethoven Fidelio Jaquino
Bernstein Candide Candide
Britten Albert Herring Albert Herring
Britten The Rape of Lucretia Male Chorus
Donizetti Don Pasquale Ernesto
Donizetti L’elisir d’amore Nemorino
Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor Arturo
Dove Flight Bill
Gluck Iphigénie en Tauride Pylade
Heggie Moby Dick Flask
Handel Alcina Oronte
Mozart Cosi fan tutte Ferrando
Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail Belmonte
Mozart Don Giovanni Don Ottavio
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Tamino
Puccini La rondine Prunier
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Rinuccio
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Conte Almaviva
Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress Tom Rakewell
Verdi Falstaff Fenton
Verdi La traviata Alfredo / Gastone
Concert Repertoire
Handel Messiah
Haydn Creation
Mendelssohn Elijah