A Metropolitan Opera National Council regional finalist and prize-winner in the Licia Albanese Competition, Eric Fennell’s professional debut came when he jumped in for Rodolfo LA BOHÈME at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. He subsequently sang the role of Rodolfo with New York City Opera, Opera Saratoga, Edmonton Opera, Manitoba Opera and National Theater Mannheim. Soon after his success at Glimmerglass, Mr. Fennell joined the ensemble of New York City where he sang thirteen roles over six seasons. Guest engagements soon followed, including the title-role ROBERTO DEVEREUX for Dallas Opera, Duca RIGOLETTO at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, Prague National Theatre and the Slovak National Theater, Roméo ROMÉO ET JULIETTE for Slovenian National Theater, Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater Schwerin and Opera North (USA), Don José CARMEN for Arizona Opera, Theater Lübeck, Pacific Opera Victoria, and St. Margarethen Festspiele, Hoffmann LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN for Theater Pforzheim, Theater Krefeld and Theater Augsburg, Riccardo UN BALLO IN MASCHERA for Theater Pforzheim, Don Carlo DON CARLO for Lithuanian National Opera, Camille DIE LUSTIGE WITWE for Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Pinkerton MADAMA BUTTERFLY for Utah Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, and Opera Saratoga, the title-role DORIAN GRAY (World Premiere) for Slovak National Theater, Edgardo LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR for Des Moines Metro Opera, Rinuccio GIANNI SCHICCHI for the Macau International Music Festival (China), Des Grieux MANON for The Maria Biesu International Opera Festival (Moldova) and Gerald LAKMÉ for Sarasota Opera and Teatro Principal de Palma de Mallorca.
A distinguished concert performer, Mr. Fennell’s concert appearances include Beethoven 9th Symphony for National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall, Tokyo City Orchestra (Japan), Buffalo Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony and Allentown Symphony, Verdi Requiem for The Latvian National Symphony and in recording with the Smith College Orchestra; Beethoven Missa Solemnis for Konzertchor Darmstadt; Händel Messiah for National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall, Virginia Symphony, Allentown Symphony and Tucson Symphony; Rossini Stabat Mater for Brandenburg Philharmonic; Mozart Requiem for Arena di Verona, The New Haven Symphony, and National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall; Puccini Messa di Gloria with the Eugene Concert Choir and William Maselli JFK Requiem at Carnegie Hall.
More recent engagements include Roberto LE VILLI for the Latvian National Opera, The Prince in John Adams’ A FLOWERING TREE for Göteborgs Operan (Sweden), the title-role WERTHER for Staatstheater Braunschweig, Lyric Opera Productions (Dublin) and Opera Zuid, Pinkerton MADAMA BUTTERFLY for Chattanooga Opera, Hoffmann LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN for Hawaii Opera Theater, Teatro Napoli, Staatstheater Mainz & Nationaltheater Weimar, Il Duca RIGOLETTO at Theater Bremen, the title-role FAUST for Wroclaw Opera, Roméo ROMÉO ET JULIETTE for Greek National Opera, DON JOSÉ in Carmen for Opera in Williamsburg and his French debut with Opera en Plein Air in Paris and his debut at Teatro Colon in Argentina singing Mitch A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.
A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Eric Fennell now lives in Berlin.