American baritone Eric McKeever has won consistent praise for his voice of “power and brilliance” and “considerable flexibility and a communicative presence enhanced by expressive, crystalline diction.”
Mr. McKeever’s 2016-17 season includes the role of Stag Lee in the world premiere of The Fall of Stag Lee by Darryl Nettles with Buffalo Opera Unlimited, the Security Guard in Juliet Palmer’s a cappella opera Sweat, the title role in Le nozze di Figaro in his debut with Oswego Opera, Sander in Gréty’s Zémire et Azor in a return to Skylight Music Theatre. Mr. McKeever also makes his New York City Opera debut in their production of Candide covering the Lion and performing a Don and a Westphalian Soldier. Later in the season he performs with Annapolis Opera in their “Take a Chance on Love” concert and makes his debut as the Baritone in “Flash Operas” with New York’s Experiments in Opera. The baritone joins Opera Project Columbus this summer as Michele in “Il Tabarro.”
Last season Mr. McKeever was seen as Michele in Il Tabarro and the title role in Gianni Schicchi with the North Shore Music Festival, Sharpless in Madama Buttefly with Salt Marsh Opera, Marcello in La bohème with Opera Columbus and performed Frank in Die Fledermaus with Baltimore Concert Opera, Opera Naples, Nashville Opera and Florentine Opera. He recently covered and performed the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth in his company debut with Opera Company of Middlebury and participated in the reading of Kamala Sumataran’s new opera Looking at You at Opera America.
The 2014-15 season saw Mr. McKeever make his debut with Florentine Opera as the Revival Singer in Robert Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry, as Schaunard in La bohème with Nashville Opera, performing Papageno in the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s touring production of The Magic Flute, and his role debut as David in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz with Winter Opera St. Louis. He also performed in Opera Delaware’s “Who’s Afraid of Opera?” concert and recorded the role of the Scientist in Stephen Mellilo’s Son of the Storm.
Recently, Mr. McKeever made his role debut as Don Pizarro in Skylight Music Theater’s updated English-language Fidelio. UK’s Opera Magazine stated “the most powerful presence on stage was Eric McKeever as Don Pizarro, whose singing combined darkness and clarity.” He also received rave reviews for his performances of the title role of Hans Werner Henze’s El Cimarrón with both Skylight Music Theater and the Center for Contemporary Opera. Skylight Music Theater honored him with the 2013/14 Doherty Ross Debut Artist Award.
Highlights of past seasons include performances of several Rossini operas: with Little Opera Theatre of New York as Don Parmenione in L’occasione fa il ladro, Fernando in Bronx Opera’s critically acclaimed La gazza ladra and with Opera Naples and the North Shore Music Festival singing Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Other performances include Valentin in Faust with Winter Opera St. Louis, Escamillo in Carmenwith 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 the PAB Theatre’s National tour of Porgy and Bess.