Ryan Opera Center alumnus
Tenor Eric Ferring, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, was a Ryan Opera Center member for two years. He received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Drake University and his Master of Music in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory. He was a Resident Artist at Pittsburgh Opera for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, appearing as Flask/Moby Dick and Nemorino/L’elisir d’amore amongst others. He was also The Protagonist in Douglas J. Cuomo’s one-man opera Ashes and Snow (world premiere, in collaboration with American Opera Projects), based on Wilhelm Müller’s Winterreise poetry. Mr. Ferring made his role debut of Tamino/Die Zauberflöte at the Verbier Festival this summer and will reprise that role at North Carolina Opera and New Orleans Opera in spring 2020. Ferring was a 2017 apprentice singer at The Santa Fe Opera where he received the Richard Tucker Memorial Award and where he will return in 2020 to sing Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. He has also been seen at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (Career Award from the Richard Gaddes Fund for Young Artists) and Wolf Trap Opera. Ferring has received many top honors such as Best Vocal Artist at the American Opera Society, Sara Tucker Study Grant from The Richard Tucker Foundation, a Career Grant from The Sullivan Foundation, and Third Prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Voice Competition. In Lyric’s 2018/19 season, he sang the Young Servant/Elektra, Giuseppe and Gastone/La traviata, and Lurcanio/Ariodante. In 2019/20, he sang Sergeant/The Barber of Seville, Older Brother/Dead Man Walking, Tchaplitsky/The Queen of Spades.
Photo: Simon Pauly