Eric Ferring, tenor
Eric Ferring is a second-year Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist in 2017-18. He is scheduled to perform as Spoletta in Tosca, Basilio/Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro, Ricky in The Long Walk, The Protagonist in Ashes & Snow and Flask in Moby-Dick.
During Mr. Ferring's first-year as a Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist, he performed as Gastone/La traviata, as Fourth Jew in Salome, and Señor Alcalde in the world premiere of The Summer King. He has been seen at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist performing Parpignol/La bohème, Zahir/Shalimar the Clown (world premiere), as well as covering Scaramuccio/Ariadne auf Naxos and Prunier/La rondine. While at OTSL, Mr. Ferring received a career award from the Richard Gaddes Fund for Young Artists given in recognition of his great vocal potential. Mr. Ferring has also been a Studio Artist at Wolf Trap Opera performing Lacouf/Les mamelles de Tirésias and covering Remendado/Carmen.
Mr. Ferring earned his Master of Music in Opera Performance at The Boston Conservatory, where he performed as Alfredo/La traviata, Bill/Flight, Tom Rakewell/The Rake’s Progress and Pylade/Iphigénie en Tauride.
He received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Drake University, where he performed as Nanki-Poo/The Mikado, Stage Manager/Our Town, and Nemorino/The Elixir of Love. Mr. Ferring was a Young Artist at both the Seagle Music Colony and Cedar Rapids Opera, and performed numerous roles with both companies. A multi-talented artist, Mr. Ferring also is an accomplished conductor, having conducted To Hell and Back, Old Maid and the Thief, A Chorus Line, Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes, and A Little Night Music.
Along with winning three Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement Awards, Mr. Ferring took 2nd Place in the 2014 Hal Leonard Vocal Competition: Art Song Division, was a two-time finalist for the International Crescendo Music Awards, and a winner at the 2013 Central Iowa Symphony and Fort Dodge Symphony Competitions.
Mr. Ferring's residency is generously sponsored by Jim and Judith Matheny.