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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!

                                                                        -Broadway World
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Also terrific is Eric J McConnell, who is wonderful in his UAO debut.

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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
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Eric J. McConnell mines the comedy in the buffoonish character of the doltish, hypocritical Count.

                                                                                 -Ladue News
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...along with particularly strong comic turns by McConnell as the boastful, possessive Carl-Magnus...

                                                     -Snoop's Theatre Thoughts
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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
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Bass-baritone Eric J. McConnell put a droll, animated spin on Bartolo’s every line.

                                                                                -Opera News
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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.

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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
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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.

                                                                         -Miami Herald
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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

Carl-Magnus, A Little Night Music (2022)

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Bartolo, Le nozze di Figaro (2021)

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Donner, Das Rheingold (2021)


Grandpa, The Tender Land (2017)


Basilio, Il barbiere di Siviglia (2015)


Simone, Gianni Schicchi (2015)

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