“Resonant, mellifluous and deft with dramatic nuance,” tenor Eric Carey is a versatile performer possessing a “hypnotic voice” and a repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the present day.
Carey begins his 18/19 season with a new tenure as a Resident Artist of the Opera Institute at Boston University. His first appearance with the Institute is as Alfredo in La Traviata conducted by William Lumpkin as part of their Fringe Festival; other upcoming appearances include a scenes program directed by David Kneuss as Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia); Mozart’s Requiem with Sinfonia Concertante; and Britten’s Les Illuminations with The Orchestra Now conducted by James Bagwell at New York City’s Symphony Space. In the spring, he will be seen in Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen in a co-production with Glimmerglass and the BU Opera Institute and in Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne in co-production with New York City Opera. He will also present two recitals with pianist Javier Arrebola in Boston.
This past summer Carey was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was featured in cantatas of J.S. Bach under the baton of John Harbison, the role of the Funeral Director in Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place and Benjamin Britten’s Canticle V, The Death of Saint Narcissus.
Carey ended the spring season with his fourth appearance with the Grammy award-winning Albany Symphony as part of the American Music Festival led by Maestro David Allen Miller. He graduated in May from Dawn Upshaw’s Vocal Arts Program at Bard College where he appeared as the Queen’s Attendant in Harbison’s Full Moon in March, in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and as the title role in Candide. While at Bard he sang in masterclasses for Peter Sellars, John Harbison, Margo Garrett and Pierre Vallet as well as Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Bach in Baltimore, and Handel’s Messiah with classics on Hudson. He and pianist partner, Bethany Pietroniro presented two recitals this past Spring at Bard and in Smithfield, New York. He spent the Summer of 2017 in Suzhou, China singing the role of Gherardo in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and traditional Chinese song with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra.
Passionate about new music, Carey sang the premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams’ piece, “Little Cosmic Dust Poem,” at the Morgan Library in April of 2017. In the same month he took first prize in the Sparks and Wiry Cries Song Slam Competition hosted by Tom Cipullo, performing “In New York,” by Whitney E. George, a piece written for him.
He is currently a resident tenor at the Advent choir, Beacon Hill, and maintains a private studio in Boston. Carey holds degrees from Bard College, and The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Voice Performance and Music Business. www.ericfinbarrcarey.com