Ian McEuen, tenor
Young tenor Ian McEuen has been praised for his versatility as a performer, impressing audiences with his "sweet lyric tone" and "gravitas on the stage”, as well as his ability to evoke laughter "just for walking across the stage." Most recently Ian made debuts with Nashville Opera as Pong in Turandot, North Carolina Opera as Goro in Madama Butterfly, the Handel Choir of Baltimore for the Messiah, and Knoxville Opera as Spoletta in Tosca, and returned to Washington National Opera for Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars. In the 2016-2017 season, he debuted with UrbanArias as Dr. S in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, New Orleans Opera as Tobias in Sweeney Todd, and with Virginia Opera as Pang in Turandot, and returned to Washington National Opera as Goro in their production of Madama Butterfly. The 2017-2018 season includes the covers of Dan Leno in Elizabeth Cree and John Little in We Shall Not Be Moved, both with Opera Philadelphia for the O17 Festival, and Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd with Baltimore Concert Opera and Atlanta Opera.
After making his professional operatic debut in Fort Worth Opera's production of Mark Adamo's Lysistrata in 2012, Mr. McEuen joined the company as a Studio Artist for two seasons. During the company’s 2013 festival, he sang Der Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos and covered Tonio in La fille du Régiment. In the 2013-2014 season, Mr. McEuen appeared with the company as Padre Antonio in Daniel Crozer's With Blood, With Ink and covered the role of Nikolaus Sprink in Kevin Puts's Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night. In November 2013, he created the roles of the Hippo and Holy Man in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori and J.D. McClatchy’s The Lion, the Unicorn and Me for his debut at Washington National Opera. In his second season as a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival, where he sang the role of Goro in Francesca Zambello’s new production of Madame Butterfly. In the 2014-2015 season, he joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera covering St. Brioche in a new production of The Merry Widow directed by Susan Stroman, made his Arizona Opera debut singing Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, his Carnegie Hall debut singing Mozart’s Vespers with Manhattan Concert Productions, and joined the National Opera Center for the workshop of A Thousand Splendid Suns by Sheila Silver.
Also an avid recitalist and lover of 20th and 21st century music, Mr. McEuen spent the summer of 2012 as a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow at SongFest in Los Angeles. There, he had the opportunity to work personally with Graham Johnson, William Bolcom, Jake Heggie, Martin Katz, Libby Larsen, and John Musto. He also has appeared with Fort Worth's Hall Ensemble in their period-themed chamber music series, Music in the Mansion. As a concert artist, Mr. McEuen made his Chicago Symphony Center debut as the tenor soloist in Carmina Burana, a role in which he has become a specialist.
Mr. McEuen received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Voice from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, where he played Amor in L'incoronazione di Poppea, Sam in Street Scene, the Chevalier in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and was a soloist in Handel's Messiah and Haydn's Creation. He received a Master of Music in Voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he performed the roles of Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, the Evangelist in a staged production of the St. Matthew Passion, and Romboïdal in L'île de Tulipatan. Mr. McEuen continued his operatic training during the summer of 2011 at the Seagle Music Colony, where he appeared as Frederic in Pirates of Penzance and Spalanzani in Les Contes d'Hoffmann. He spent the summers of 2009 and 2010 with the Aspen Opera Theatre Center, where he played the Marquis in Corigliano's Ghosts of Versailles.