Eric Carey




"Tenor Eric Finbarr Carey, in the role of ever-optimistic Candide, was resonant, mellifluous, and deft with dramatic nuance." (Millbrook Independent)




A passionate singing artist with “a hypnotic voice” (Millbrook Independent) and the need to communicate, tenor Eric Carey is a versatile performer with a repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to music written for him this year. The same critic said that [as Candide] “Eric Carey was resonant, mellifluous, and deft with dramatic nuance.”

Carey ends his Spring season with his fourth concert this season with the Grammy Award Winning Albany Symphony as part of the American Music Festival led by Maestro David Allen Miller in a World Premiere of a piece by Ben Wallace. This summer Carey will be a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he will sing cantatas of J.S. Bach under the baton of composer/conductor John Harbison; the role of the funeral director in Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place; and as soloist in Benjamin Britten’s Canticle V, The Death of Saint Narcissus; songs of Reynaldo Hahn and soloist in Percy Grainger's Brigg Fair, as well as forthcoming masterclasses. Carey will join the Opera Institute at Boston University as a resident artist this fall.

This past spring he graduated from Bard's Vocal Arts Program where he appeared in their March 2018 opera productions as Tenor Soloist in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella and the Queen’s Attendant in John Harbison’s Full Moon In March, and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass conducted by James Bagwell. While at Bard he sang in masterclasses for Peter Sellars, John Harbison, Margo Garrett and Pierre Vallet. He and pianist partner, Bethany Pietroniro presented two recitals this past Spring at Bard and in Smithfield, New York.

Highlights of the 2017-18 season included winning the 2017 Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition, leading to a performance of Britten’s Les Illuminations with The Orchestra Now(TŌN) in December; performing with the Grammy award-winning Albany Symphony, and singing excerpts of Tamino, from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, the role of Monsieur Vogelsang, Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, and a concert of Verdi and Rossini, all conducted by Maestro David Alan Miller. He also sang Handel’s Messiah with Classics on Hudson and the Bach B Minor Mass with Bach in Baltimore. He spent the summer 2017 in Suzhou, China, singing the role of Gherardo in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and performed traditional Chinese opera and Song with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro Jin Dong Cai.

Passionate about new music, and works by living composers, 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. Carey is a graduate of The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, with a degree in vocal performance and a minor in music business.