"Standouts included the fiercely accurate bass Eric McConnell as the bee-bopping Elisha."

​     -Albany Times Union

"Bass-baritone Eric McConnell sang sturdily as the overprotective Grandpa Moss."

​     -Chicago Tribune

 

"This, too, is where the most notable solo singing comes in...McConnell was strong acting-wise, and his forceful bass voice has a lovely lower register."

     -Palm Beach Arts Paper

"McConnell’s powerful bass-baritone was potently utilized."

     -Miami Herald

"One of the more familiar numbers of the Oratorio, the bass aria from Cantata No. 1, "Great Lord, O Mighty King," was stirringly sung by bass-baritone Eric J. McConnell."

     -The News-Gazette

"McConnell’s booming bass-baritone dominated the Moot Hall scene from Britten’s 1945 masterpiece Peter Grimes, an interlude of bright merriment before the impending tragedy."

   -South Florida Classical Review

Photo by Elliot Mandel
N E W S

2020 UPDATE: As is the case with vocal artists all over the globe, Eric has lost considerable contracted work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will likely not be on the mainstage for the remainder of the calendar year. However, he is looking forward to working with Virginia Opera in its reconfigured 2020-2021 season, where he will be singing in productions of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi (Simone), Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (Bartolo), and Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance (singing the Sergeant of Police and covering the Major General).

He then returns for Central City Opera's postponed 2021 season, performing in Verdi's Rigoletto and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. He will sing the Count of Ceprano in CCO's family matinée performance of Rigoletto and will cover the role of Jigger in Carousel.

All lovers of opera and musical theater: Please stay safe and healthy and continue to follow CDC-recommended guidelines (wearing a face covering, maintaining social distance, and washing those hands!) so we can all get back to the theater soon! Much love to all!

CALENDAR

FEB

2021

February 5-21, 2021

Simone (Gianni Schicchi)

Virginia Opera - Norfolk, VA

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MAR

2021

March 12-28, 2021

Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro)

Virginia Opera - Norfolk, VA

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APR

2021

April 16-25, 2021

Sergeant of Police (The Pirates of Penzance)

Virginia Opera - Norfolk, VA

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JULY

2021

July 2021

Jigger cover (Carousel)

Central City Opera - Central City, CO

MORE INFO SOON!

JULY

2021

July 2021

Ceprano cover (Rigoletto)

Central City Opera - Central City, CO

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Figaro, Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)

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