Winner of the first Bel Canto Prize at the Maryland Lyric Opera Competition, Spanish-American tenor Eric Barry is “making an impressive mark” on opera and concert stages “with a clear timbre, evenness of projection and exceptional sensitivity” (Opera News).
Upcoming engagements include role debuts as Puccini’s tragic hero Mario Cavaradossi with Syracuse Opera and the comedic Alfred in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus with Amarillo Opera. Additional future bookings include soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Chamber Music Amarillo, soloist in Dvorak’s Requiem with Madison Symphony Orchestra, and soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Plainview Symphony.
A seasoned master of the standard repertoire, his engagements have included Nemorino L’elisir d’amore and Alfredo La traviata for Shreveport Opera, Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor, Rodolfo La bohème and The Duke of Mantua Rigoletto for Amarillo Opera, Lionel Martha for Boston Midsummer Opera, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for Opera Memphis, Rodolfo La bohème for North Carolina Opera, Opera Memphis, Pittsburgh Opera and the Teatro Comunale di Sulmona, Arbace Ciro in Babilonia at the Caramoor Music Festival, Rossini’s Otello for Opera in the Heights,Jenik The Bartered Bride for Boston Midsummer Opera, Eginhard Fierrabras for Bard Summerscape, Anthony Hope Sweeney Todd at Wolf Trap Opera, Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress for Wolf Trap Opera and Alfredo La traviata for Shreveport Opera and most recently Opera Colorado.
Other engagements include Pinkerton Madama Butterfly for the Florentine Opera Company, Lensky Eugene Onegin for the North Carolina Opera, Cassio Otello and Inside the Orchestra with the Minnesota Orchestra, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Utah Symphony, Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Orchestra Iowa, Mozart Requiem with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Crescendo with Indianapolis Opera and a New Year’s Eve Gala with the Jacksonville Symphony.
Eric has a close association with the Beethoven Easter Festival and the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, where he has sung and recorded Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw,Don Luigi Maria Padilla, Pylade Iphigénie en Tauride, Avito L’amore dei tre re and Gabriele Adorno Simon Boccanegra, as well as Beethoven Symphony No. 9. He returned in Spring 2016 to sing Prince Hal At the Boar’s Head, now available on Dux CD and nominated in the Opera Category for the 2017 International Classical Music Awards.
Noteworthy concert appearances include the east coast premiere of Dame Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D at Carnegie Hall, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, and Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Mozart's Requiem at Washington National Cathedral and on tour with the Munich Symphony, Handel Messiah with Winston Salem Symphony and New Choral Society, Verdi's Messa da Requiem with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Bernstein's Wonderful Town with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in Milan.