American baritone Eric McKeever has been lauded for his “voice of darkness and clarity” (Opera-UK) and “good timbre, considerable flexibility and a communicative presence enhanced by expressive, crystalline diction.” (Opera News)
He made his North Shore Music Festival debut as Figaro in The Barber of Seville (2012) and returned as Mr. Bluff in last season’s The Impresario. The baritone’s recent engagements include the Revival Singer (Elmer Gantry) at Florentine Opera, Schaunard (La bohème) with Nashville Opera and Dayton Opera, David in Mascagni’s rarely-heard L’amico Fritz with Winter Opera St. Louis, Tonio (Pagliacci) with Opera Providence, and the title role in Hans Werner Henze’s El Cimarrón with Skylight Music Theater and the Center for Contemporary Opera. He can be heard on the forthcoming recording of Stephen Melillo’s Son of the Storm and performed on the Who’s Afraid of Opera? Concert series with Opera Delaware.
Other career highlights include Don Pizarro (Fidelio) with Skylight Music Theatre, Valentin (Faust) at Winter Opera St. Louis, Papageno (The Magic Flute) with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and performances of his favorite composer, Rossini: Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) at Opera Naples, Don Parmenione (L’occasione fa il ladro) with Little Opera Theatre of New York, and Fernando (La gazza ladra) with Bronx Opera. He is the recipient of the 2014 Skylight Music Theatre Doherty Ross Debut Award.
Upcoming engagements for Mr. McKeever include Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) with Salt Marsh Opera, Marcello (La bohème) with Opera Columbus, and Frank (Die Fledermaus) at both Florentine Opera and Nashville Opera.
Repertoire with NSMF
Figaro – Barber of Seville 2012
Michele – Il Tabarro 2015
Gianni Schicchi – Gianni Schicchi 2015