Tenor Eric Ferring, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, and first-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 Spoletta/Tosca
, Basilio and Curzio/The Marriage of Figaro
, Ricky/The Long Walk
, Flask/Moby Dick
, and Nemorino/L’elisir d’amore
. 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. Mr. Ferring will join Santa Fe Opera in 2020 for a major role debut. He has also been seen at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, and Seagle Music Colony. In 2017/18, he 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 2015, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis presented Ferring with a career award from the Richard Gaddes Fund for Young Artists, given in recognition of his great vocal potential. This season at Lyric he will perform the Young Servant/Elektra
and Giuseppe/La traviata
, while also understudying roles in Idomeneo, Il trovatore, Cendrillon, La traviata
, and Ariodante.
Eric Ferring is sponsored by Stepan Company, Richard O. Ryan, and Cynthia Vahlkamp and Robert Kenyon.
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