American baritone Eric McKeever (he/him) has won consistent praise for his voice of “power and brilliance” (Chicago Tribune) and “considerable flexibility and a communicative presence enhanced by expressive, crystalline diction.” (Opera News)
Recent and Upcoming: Marcello with Opera Columbus; concerts with Baltimore Concert Opera and OperaDelaware; the role of Papa-Daddy in Why I Live at the P.O. with UrbanArias; cover assignment in Gianni Schicchi with On Site Opera and Tebaldo in Giulietta e Romeo with Teatro Grattacielo; and, performances as Leporello in Don Giovanni at Festival of the Voice. This season includes: Artist-in-Residence, a concert with Brian Stokes Mitchel and Don Alfonso with OperaDelaware; a concert with Maryland Opera; the title role in Der Kaiser von Atlantis with On Site Opera; he is William Still in Sanctuary Road with Penn Sq. Opera; Monterone with Opera Columbus; returns to On Site to sing Michele in Il tabarro; and sings Porgy with Festival Casals de Puerto Rico.
He was Betto in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Columbus; Tonio with Salt Marsh Opera; and appeared with the Anchorage Festival of Music. On the concert stage he appeared as a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the New Albany Symphony, performed Bernstein’s Songfest at Skidmore, and debuted with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra in Dave Brubeck’s The Gates of Justice. An advocate for new music, he performed excerpts from Aaron Siegel’s oratorio I Will Tell You the Truth About This and Sing, as well as the film “The Promised Land: An Adirondack Folk Opera” by Glen McClure.
In previous seasons, Mr. McKeever made his Anchorage Opera debut as Malatesta in Don Pasquale, covered 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 performed the role of Charlie in Kamala Sankaram’s Looking at You at BRIC in Brooklyn. In the summer of 2018, Mr. McKeever has sung with Finger Lakes Opera as Frank in Die Fledermaus, performed Adam Waters’ River of Freedom with the Chautauqua Institution and joined Salt Marsh Opera as a soloist in “Music at the Lighthouse.”
Mr. McKeever’s 2018-19 season included Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opera Columbus, David in L’amico Fritz with Baltimore Concert Opera, Germont in La traviata with Pacific Opera Project and he joined Knoxville Opera as Enrico in excerpts from Lucia di Lammermoor.
Other operatic highlights include critically acclaimed performances as Sander in Zémire et Azor with Skylight Music Theatre, Marcello in La bohème with Opera Columbus, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Naples and Frank in Die Fledermaus with Florentine Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Naples and Baltimore Concert Opera. Mr. McKeever made his New York City Opera debut as the Westphalian Soldier in the Hal Prince production of Candide and performed Papageno in the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s touring production of The Magic Flute.
A proponent of new music, Mr. McKeever has appeared as the Revival Singer in Florentine Opera’s Elmer Gantry, performed the title role in The Fall of Stag Lee with Buffalo Opera Unlimited, joined the Center for Contemporary Opera as the Security Guard in the a cappella opera Sweat, performed as the Baritone in Experiments in Opera’s Flash Operas and can be heard as the Scientist in Stephen Mellilo’s Son of the Storm.
Able to encompass a variety of roles, Mr. McKeever has performed Don Pizarro with Skylight Music Theatre; starred as the title role of El Cimarrón with the Center for Contemporary Opera, took on the title role of Verdi’s Macbeth with Opera Company of Middlebury; and joined Opera Project Columbus as Michele in Il Tabarro.
Other roles and credits in his repertoire include 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 Porgy and Bess with Dayton Opera; covered roles of Burnah/The Ship Cook in Amistad by Anthony Davis at Lyric Opera of Chicago. http://www.EricMcKeeverbaritone.com