November 2 - 22, 2019
Dead Man Walking
Tenor Eric Ferring, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, and second-year Ryan Opera Center member, 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. 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 for a major role debut. Mr. Ferring will make his role debut of Tamino/Die Zauberflöte at the Verbier Festival this summer and will reprise that role at North Carolina Opera in spring 2020. 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. In 2017/18, Ferring received a 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/La traviata, and Lurcanio/Ariodante. In 2019/20, he sings Older Brother/Dead Man Walking, Tchaplitsky/The Queen of Spades, while also understudying Sergeant/The Barber of Seville, Ottavio/Don Giovanni and Major Domo/The Queen of Spades.
Eric Ferring is sponsored by Stepan Company, Richard O. Ryan, and Cynthia Vahlkamp and Robert Kenyon.