Mr. Fennell’s career operatic highlights include Rodolfo in LA BOHEME with New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, National Theater Mannheim, Edmonton Opera, Manitoba Opera, and Baz Luhrman’s LA BOHEME on Broadway; Duca RIGOLETTO for Deutsche Oper Berlin, The Slovak National Theater, Chattanooga Opera, and the Spokane Symphony; Alfredo LA TRAVIATA with New York City Opera, The Slovak National Theater, Green Mountain Opera Festival, and Annapolis Opera; Tamino DIE ZAUBERFLOETE for Sarasota Opera, Wichita Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera; the title role ROBERTO DEVEREUX for Dallas Opera; Roméo in ROMEO ET JULIETTE for Slovenian National Theater, Mecklinburgisches Staatstheater Schwerin, Toledo Opera, and Opera North(USA); Don José CARMEN for Arizona Opera, Theater Lübeck, Pacific Opera Victoria, and St. Margarethen Festspiele; Camille in DIE LUSTIGE WITWE for Deutsche Oper am Rhein (European debut); Pinkerton MADAMA BUTTERFLY for Austin Lyric Opera and Lake George Opera; Edgardo LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR for Des Moines Metro Opera and Granite State Opera; Rinuccio GIANNI SCHICCHI for the Macau International Music Festival (China); Des Grieux MANON for The Maria Biesu International Opera Festival; Nadir in THE PEARL FISHERS for Madison Opera; and Gerald in LAKME for Sarasota Opera and Theater Principal de Palma de Mallorca. Mr. Fennell has also appeared with San Francisco Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Tulsa Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Central City Opera, Deutsches National Theater Weimar, Salzburg Landestheater, Festival de Opera de Tenerife, Arena di Verona, Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari and the Spoleto Festival USA.
A distinguished concert performer, Eric Fennell has performed the tenor solos in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall, Tokyo City Orchestra (Japan), Cairo Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic Symphony, Virginia Symphony, and Allentown Symphony; Verdi’s Requiem with the Latvian National Symphony, The Paul Hill Chorale in Washington, D.C. and in concert and recording with the Smith College Orchestra; Beethoven’s Missa Solmenis with Konzertchor Darmstadt; Händel’s Messiah for National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall, Virginia
Symphony, Allentown Symphony, and Tucson Symphony; Mozart’s Requiem for Arena di Verona, The New Haven Symphony, and National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall; Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the Eugene Concert Choir; and William Maselli’s JFK Requiem at Carnegie Hall.
The 2013-2014 season for Mr. Fennell began with a successful debut as Riccardo in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA for Theater Pforzheim, later making his Slovakian debut in the world premiere of DORIAN GRAY directed by Nicola Raab for The Slovak National Theater Bratislava. Mr. Fennell sang further performances in Bratislava of RIGOLETTO and LA TRAVIATA, and in March 2014 had another role debut as Hoffmann LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN for Theater Pforzheim. Ludwig Steinbach of Der Opern Freund wrote, “Eric Fennell in the title role gave reason for particular enthusiasm. This tenor, who can claim Hoffmann as his best role to date…not only copes extremely well with the requirements of French diction, but the language has a downright positive impact on his voice, which sounded particularly full-bodied on opening night.” Mr. Fennell continued his successful spring singing Rodolfo LA BOHEME for Manitoba Opera before returning to Europe for further performances of LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN and UN BALLO IN MASCHERA.
In the 2014/15 season, Mr Fennell returned to the USA for Pinkerton MADAMA BUTTERFLY for Utah Opera with Yunah Lee as Cio Cio San, Robert Tweten conducting, and Garnett Bruce directing. In November he sang Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Palma de Mallorca and Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Potsdam, Germany, after which he joined Goeteborgs Operan (Sweden) to sing The Prince in John Adams’ A FLOWERING TREE conducted by Joana Carneiro and directed by Nicola Raab. His spring season culminated with a return to Riga for Roberto LE VILLI with the Latvian National Opera.
2015/16 began as Mr. Fennell sang the title-role LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN for Theater Augsburg and Il Duca RIGOLETTO for Theater Bremen, later singing the title-role DON CARLOS for the Lithuanian National Opera in a production by Guenther Kraemer conducted by Pierre Vallet. He recently created the role of Geiorge Cortelyou for Nickel City Opera in the world premiere of SHOT! by Persis Vehar.
The 2016/17 season will begin with Rodolfo LA BOHEME in France and Spain and continues with Pinkerton MADAMA BUTTERFLY for Chattanooga Opera. The season will end with the title role LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN for Hawaii Opera Theatre.
Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Eric Fennell now lives in Berlin, Germany. He received a BA in music from Gettysburg College and a Masters in Voice and Artist Diploma from Boston University where he was a member of the Opera Institute. Mr. Fennell is a student of Arthur Levy and is mentored by internationally acclaimed tenor Gregory Kunde.