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Tenor Eric Ferring, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, graduated magna cum laude from Drake University with his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and The Boston Conservatory with his Master of Music in Opera Performance. He is a graduate of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center and the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist Program, a 2022 George London Foundation Award Winner, and the Top Prize Winner of the 2022 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition.

Eric Ferring’s 2022-23 engagements bring several exciting house and role debuts. He makes his first appearance at the Opéra national de Paris, as Lurcanio in Robert Carsen’s new production of Ariodante, conducted by Harry Bicket. He also makes his company debut at Opéra national du Rhin, singing Tamino in a new production of Die Zauberflöte, and returns to Opéra de Rouen as Lysander in Carsen’s iconic production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, conducted by Music Director Ben Glassberg. Ferring is also featured in recital at his alma mater Drake University, appearing as the featured artist for its distinguished Jordan Concert Series.

His 2021-2022 season included appearances as Beppe in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s filmed production of Pagliacci, his anticipated Metropolitan Opera debut singing Pong in Turandot, and further performances at the Met as Tamino in a holiday performance of The Magic Flute, Arturo in a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor, and a Royal Herald in Don Carlos. In the summer of 2022, he recorded an album entitled No Choice but Love with Delos Records, performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Spoleto Festival USA, and made his debut at Santa Fe Opera, singing Fenton in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Falstaff.

Mr. Ferring’s COVID-19 impacted 2020-2021 season began with his debut as Walther in Tannhäuser with Opéra de Rouen, a fully-rehearsed production with performances unfortunately cancelled. He was also slated to make a repeat appearance with the Jacksonville Symphony as the tenor soloist for Handel’s Messiah (performed), join Florentine Opera in recital (performed), and make his debut with North Carolina Opera as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (cancelled). Other originally scheduled engagements included his return to Pittsburgh Opera as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (cancelled), and covering the roles of Tamino and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera (cancelled).

Previous notable engagements include his principal role debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago as Lurcanio in Ariodante, for which the Chicago Tribune declared him “the most noteworthy solo breakthrough of the production”, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Verbier Festival. With Pittsburgh Opera, he appeared as The Protagonist in the world premiere of the one-man opera Ashes & Snow in collaboration with American Opera Projects, bowed as Nemorino in a student matinee performance of in L’elisir d’amore, and sang Ricky in The Long Walk and Señor Alcalde in the world premiere of The Summer King.

Eric Ferring was an Apprentice Singer at Santa Fe Opera, where he was awarded the 2017 Richard Tucker Memorial Scholarship. He also participated in the Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ Gerdine Young Artist Program, receiving a career award from the Richard Gaddes Fund for Young Artists, and was a Studio Artist at Wolf Trap Opera.

Lyric Opera of Chicago – Ariodante

"The most noteworthy solo breakthrough of the production belonged to tenor Ferring – a first-year member of the Ryan Opera Center – as Lurcanio. The bright youthfulness of his instrument and the unyielding ardor of his delivery perfectly suited the character’s impetuousness. Listen to him fervently dispatch “Il tuo sangue, ed il tuo zelo,” and you’re encountering an emerging tenor of considerable promise.”

- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

 

“The evening’s other major find besides Miller was tenor Eric Ferring, who is only in his first year at the Ryan Opera Center and bursting with talent. With his dexterous tenor voice and flair for baroque ornamentation, he made the most of the role of Ariodante’s brother, Lurcanio.”

- Kyle MacMillan, Chicago Sun Times

Pittsburgh Opera – Savage Winter

"Eric Ferring, the tormented “Protagonist,” sang the role with a vocal opulence that came as no surprise. The music encompasses his finely burnished and powerful head tones and solid lower register in places and allows for occasional fortissimo and delicately delivered pianissimo passages, but for the most part lies comfortably in the middle and provides many opportunities for the display of his voice at its best. He sang the role with a compelling sympathy and a heart-rending understanding of the complex character – sometimes flat on his back or belly, and once from under a mound of bedclothes. Acting the role relies largely on facial expression and body language, and while it’s difficult to imagine a singer not being nervous during the first undertaking of such a role, it hardly showed. The audience was with him throughout, maintaining the art song recital gatherings’ tradition of total silence until the final note faded away – then burst into hearty applause, cheers and whistles. Mr. Ferring modestly attempted to share the ovation with the composer, director, musicians, and designers, and the crowd politely indulged him, but his was by far the finest achievement of the evening, and his listeners clearly wanted him to know it in no uncertain terms.”

- George B. Parous, Pittsburgh in the Round

 

“Mr. Ferring’s softer dynamics were wonderfully nuanced. He created his own shades of bitterness with Mr. Cuomo’s music, which moved from gentle lyricism and folk song-like melodies (“Linden Tree” was a highlight) to more aggressive, punctuated lines (”My heart is like a sentinel” was also a standout) and back throughout. ”

- Jeremy Reynolds, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

“Ferring navigated the dramatic challenges of being the only performer on stage for 75 minutes. His commitment to the role and his endurance were impressive, as was his dulcet timbre in the higher part of h is range.”

- Elizabeth Bloom, Opera

Pittsburgh Opera – The Long Walk

"Eric Ferring, the gifted and reliable tenor, was Ricky, a role that left the listener wanting his part to be larger.

- George B. Parous, Pittsburgh in the Round

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

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