Eric McKeever, baritone
American baritone Eric McKeever has won consistent praise for his voice of “power and brilliance” and “considerable flexibility and a communicative presence enhanced by expressive, crystalline diction.”
Mr. McKeever’s 2018-19 season includes Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opera Columbus, soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the New Albany Symphony, David in L’amico Fritz with Baltimore Concert Opera, sings Falke with Oswego Opera and performs Enrico in concerts of Lucia di Lammermoor with Knoxville Opera.
During the 2017-18 season, Mr. McKeever made his Anchorage Opera debut as Malaesta in Don Pasquale, joined the roster of New York City Opera covering the role of Jake Wallace in La Fanciulla del West and returned to Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera as the Speaker in The Magic Flute. He also and performs the role of Charlie in Kamala Sankaram’s Looking at You at BRIC in Brooklyn. In the summer of 2018, Mr. McKeever debuted with Finger Lakes Opera debut singing Frank in Die Fledermaus, performed as a soloist in Adam Waters’ River of Freedom with the Chautauqua Institution and joined New York City’s Wet Ink Ensemble in a reading of Kate Soper’s new opera Romance of the Rose.
Mr. McKeever’s 2016-17 season included the role of Stag Lee in the world premiere of The Fall of Stag Lee by Darryl Nettles with Buffalo Opera Unlimited, the Security Guard in Juliet Palmer’s a cappella opera Sweat and as Sander in Gréty’s Zémire et Azor in a return to Skylight Music Theatre. Mr. McKeever also made his New York City Opera debut in Hal Prince’s production of Candide covering the Lion and performing a Don and a Westphalian Soldier. He also performed in concert with Annapolis Opera, made his debut as the Baritone in Flash Operas with New York’s Experiments in Opera and Mr. McKeever joined Opera Project Columbus as Michele in Il Tabarro.
Mr. McKeever spent the 2015-16 season as Michele in Il Tabarro and the title role in Gianni Schicchi with the North Shore Music Festival, Sharpless in Madama Buttefly with Salt Marsh Opera, Marcello in La bohème with Opera Columbus and as Frank in Die Fledermaus with Baltimore Concert Opera, Opera Naples, Nashville Opera and Florentine Opera. He was also seen as the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth in his company debut with Opera Company of Middlebury and participated in the reading of Kamala Sumataran’s new opera Looking at You at Opera America.
The 2014-15 season saw Mr. McKeever make his debut with Florentine Opera as the Revival Singer in Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry, sing Schaunard in La bohème with Nashville Opera, perform Papageno in the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s touring production of The Magic Flute, and make his role debut as David in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz with Winter Opera St. Louis. He also performed in Opera Delaware’s “Who’s Afraid of Opera?” concert and recorded the role of the Scientist in Stephen Mellilo’s Son of the Storm.
Highlights for Mr. McKeever include his role debut as Don Pizarro in Skylight Music Theater’s updated English-language Fidelio where UK’s Opera Magazine stated: “the most powerful presence on stage was Eric McKeever as Don Pizarro, whose singing combined darkness and clarity.” He also received rave reviews for his performances of the title role of Hans Werner Henze’s El Cimarrón with both Skylight Music Theater and the Center for Contemporary Opera. Skylight Music Theater honored him with the 2013/14 Doherty Ross Debut Artist Award.
A frequent perfomer of Rossini, Mr. McKeever was seen with Little Opera Theatre of New York as Don Parmenione in L’occasione fa il ladro, Fernando in Bronx Opera’s La gazza ladra and with Opera Naples and the North Shore Music Festival singing Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Other performances include role debuts as Valentin in Faust with Winter Opera St. Louis, Escamillo in Carmen with Long Island Opera, Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in his Opera Naples debut, Der Musiklehrer in Ariadne auf Naxos with St. Petersburg Opera and Jake in the National tour of Porgy and Bess.