Originally from Thornton, CO, Eric McConnell has trained as a young artist with Central City Opera, Opera Saratoga, Seagle Music Colony, and the Aspen Opera Center. McConnell made his debut with Opera Colorado this past fall as Dr. Grenvil in La Traviata. With the company’s touring productions, he performed Sandman in Hansel and Gretel and Friar Laurence in Romeo & Juliet. Other past roles for McConnell include Blitch (Susannah), Bartolo/Basilio (The Barber of Seville), Frank (Die Fledermaus), and Sarastro (The Magic Flute). Additional career highlights include singing Elisha Fitzgibbon in the orchestral premiere of Evan Mack’s Roscoe with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, in a performance featuring renowned soprano Deborah Voigt. This summer, he sings the Sodbuster in Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up at the Aspen Music Festival and School. This season, he returns as an Artist in Residence at Opera Colorado, where he will perform as Ambrogio in The Barber of Seville and Angelotti in Tosca. Additionally, he will sing Bartolo in the student matinée performance of The Barber of Seville. He will also make his debut with the Denver Philharmonic, singing the bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem. McConnell holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Miami.