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Spanish-American tenor Eric Barry is “making an impressive mark” on opera and concert
stages “with a clear timbre, evenness of projection and exceptional sensitivity”. (Opera
News) His recent performances of Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress at Wolf Trap
Opera brought him remarkable critical and public acclaim. He has most recently been
heard in the title role of Rossini’s Otello at Houston’s Opera in the Heights, and at Opera
Memphis as Rodolfo in La bohème. He is the subject of a feature documentary currently
playing on PBS stations throughout the United States entitled Eric Barry: Home for
Christmas, which was produced by KACV-TV in Amarillo, Texas.
Eric Barry has a close association with the Beethoven Easter Festival and the Polish
Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, where he has sung and recorded Avito in Montemezzi’s
L’amore dei tre re and Don Luigi in Donizetti’s Maria Padilla. This spring he returns to
Warsaw to sing and record Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra and the tenor soloist
in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. He will also sing Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor
for Amarillo Opera, where he has previously appeared as Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Il
Duca in Rigoletto and Rodolfo in La bohème.
Mr. Barry is well versed in early music and oratorio. His most notable performances
have been Handel’s Messiah, Verdi’s Missa di Requiem, Beethoven’s Christus am
Ölberge, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzes and selections from J.S. Bach’s St. John and St.
Matthew Passions. Most recently he sang Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Mozart’s Requiem with the Munich Symphony on
tour throughout the United States.
Eric Barry has sung Arbace in Rossini’s Ciro in Babilonia at the Caramoor Music
Festival, Florindo in Wolf-Ferrari’s Le donne curiose and Anthony Hope in Sweeney
Todd at Wolf Trap Opera and Rodolfo in La bohème at Teatro Comunale di Sulmona,
Italy. Mr. Barry holds a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the School of
Music at Yale University.