2023: Ragtime (Union Avenue Opera)
Eric J. McConnell sings Father. He, too, appeared in Night Music (as Count Carl Magnus), but his performance as Father could not be further from the ludicrously over-confident count. He does sensitive work, given that this text allows him to go only from Father-the-clueless to Father-the-simply-bad. Yet he nicely presents the “weird despair” that Doctorow describes him experiencing as Father’s world falls apart.
-Broadway World Full Review
Eric J. McConnell excels as the rigidly focused Father.
-Ladue News Full Review
2023: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (Opera Saratoga)
Equally hard-working is the bass baritone Eric McConnell who plays, in succession, eight members of a noble family lineage. He fully inhabits each role with an impressive range of voices plus plenty of camp.
-Albany Times Union Full Review
The tour de force role of a single actor playing all eight victims is a challenge that Eric McConnell savors. He offers a number of broad portrayals that never fail to garner a laugh. He has a powerful voice and an impressive stage presence.
2022: A Little Night Music (Union Avenue Opera)
Eric J. McConnell sings the difficult comic "tin-soldier" role of Count Carl-Magnus. He captures the ludicrous melodrama of the count's raging jealousy. Lovely work!
Also terrific is Eric J McConnell, who is wonderful in his UAO debut.
Speaking of projection, bass-baritone Eric J. McConnell has ample vocal power as the “pea-brained” Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, whose toxic masculinity is exceeded only by his lack of insight.
-Stage Left St. Louis
Eric J. McConnell mines the comedy in the buffoonish character of the doltish, hypocritical Count.
...along with particularly strong comic turns by McConnell as the boastful, possessive Carl-Magnus...
-Snoop's Theatre Thoughts
2022: Le nozze di Figaro (Virginia Opera)
Roadblocks are erected by Marcellina (mezzo-soprano Whitney Robinson) who also longs for him, and her crony Bartolo (bass-baritone Eric J. McConnell). But these two, the consummate comics of the evening, turn out to be Figaro’s long-lost parents.
-The Virginian Pilot
Bass-baritone Eric J. McConnell put a droll, animated spin on Bartolo’s every line.
2021: Das Rheingold (Virginia Opera)
Bass-baritone Eric J. McConnell as Donner, god of thunder, gave [a] fine performance, especially considering this was [his] first foray into the Ring.
2020: Stayin' Alive Fall Residency (Virginia Opera)
McConnell, who in addition to a vibrant voice has significant acting chops, portrayed cheerful villainy in “La calunnia” from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.
-DC Metro Theater Arts
2017: The Tender Land (Northwestern Opera)
Bass-baritone Eric McConnell sang sturdily as the overprotective Grandpa Moss.
-Chicago Tribune Full Review
2016: Roscoe (Albany Symphony Orchestra)
Standouts included the fiercely accurate bass Eric McConnell as the bee-bopping Elisha.
-Albany Times Union Full Review
2015: Concert (Champaign-Urbana Symphony)
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 Full Review
2015: Intelligent Systems (SoBe Arts Institute)
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 Full Review
McConnell's power bass-baritone was potently utlized.
2013: Britten Scenes (Frost Opera Theater)
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 Full Review
Father, Ragtime (2023)
The D'Ysquith Family, Gentleman's Guide (2023)
Carl-Magnus, A Little Night Music (2022)
Bartolo, Le nozze di Figaro (2021)
Donner, Das Rheingold (2021)
Grandpa, The Tender Land (2017)
Basilio, Il barbiere di Siviglia (2015)
Simone, Gianni Schicchi (2015)