Ah! Mes amis: La fille du regiment (Gaetano Donizetti) Eric Barry, tenor
Issac Vargas, piano
Spanish-American Tenor Eric Barry continues to impress audiences on both the operatic and concert stage “with a clear timbre, evenness of projection, and exceptional sensitivity” (Opera News). In 2019, Mr. Barry made his role debut as Alfred in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus with Amarillo Opera. Additional recent engagements include performing as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Chamber Music Amarillo, Dvorak’s Requiem with Madison Symphony Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah with Memphis Symphony (COVID19). In the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Barry will return to Amarillo Opera as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, sing the role of Roderigo in Verdi’s Otello with the Pacific Symphony and join Orchestra Iowa as the tenor soloist in Messiah.
A seasoned master of the standard repertoire, Mr. Barry’s recent credits include Alfredo in La traviata with Opera Colorado and Amarillo Opera, Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth with Opera San Antonio, and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Boston Midsummer Opera. Other iconic tenor roles performed include Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Lenski in Eugene Onegin, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Rodolfo in La bohème. A more than capable musician, Mr. Barry has also lent his talent to less common practice works by the likes of Stravinsky, Smetana, and Montemezzi.
Highly sought after for concert work, Mr. Barry has made a name for himself as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, having performed it with Indianapolis Symphony, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Other solo concert credits include Mozart’s Requiem on tour with the Munich Symphony, the Jerusalem Symphony, and at the National Cathedral, Verdi’s Requiem with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Yale Philharmonic, along with lesser known works performed with the likes of Orchestra Iowa, Winston-Salem Symphony, Hartford Symphony, New Haven Symphony, and St. Cecila Chorus at Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Barry’s awards and accolades include the Bel Canto Prize at the 2016 Maryland Lyric Opera Competition and a nomination for ICMA’s 2017 Opera Album of the Year. In addition, his continuing association with the Beethoven Easter Festival and the Polish Radio Orchestra has led to six commercial recordings featuring his voice: Don Luigi in Maria Padilla, Pylade in Iphigenie en Tauride, Avito in L’amore del tre re, Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw (which was nominated for an International Classical Music Award), as well as a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Further recording credits include Araquil in La Navarraise and Haroun in Djamileh.
Mr. Barry has a Masters of Music and an Artist Diploma from the School of Music at Yale University.