Bass Eric Jordan has been sought by opera companies for his trademark "big bass and presence to match" (Opera News). His voice is described as possessing "a resonant, ringing tone that" (St Louis Post-Dispatch), and the New York Times opines that his "powerful, nuanced singing and thoughtful acting amounted to a wholly remarkable portrayal."
Future seasons include re-engagments with the Metropolitan Opera and the Dallas Opera for The Aspern Papers.
The 2010/11 season brought his first proejcts with the Metropolitan Opera in productions of Don Carlo, Magic Flute and Pelléas et Mélisande and with Dallas Opera as Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliette. He sppeared at Bob Jones University as Mephistopheles in Faust, in a re-engagement to the Cesky Krumlov Festival as Leporello in Don Giovanni, Alidoro in La Cenerentola with the Belleayre Music Festival, and a Verdi Requiem in Connecticut. This summer he sang Bruckner’s Te Deum at the Spoleto Festival. Last season he was Bonze in Madama Butterfly with New York City Opera and appeared in the annual Opera Gala with the Johnstown Symphony.
2008/09 was a stellar season for Eric Jordan with several debuts in the lineup. He made his debut with Atlanta Opera as Bonze in Madama Butterfly, appeared for the first time with New Orleans Opera singing Commendatore in Don Giovanni, and portrayed Friar Laurent in Romeo and Juliet with Syracuse Opera. Among his return engagements figured Palm Beach Opera as Colline in La Bohème. Overseas, he made his debut at the Staatsoper am Rhein, Germany, as Daland in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer.
His 2007/08 season brought him to the San Francisco Opera where he portrayed Abimelech in Samson and Dehlilah, and the Palm Beach Opera where he sang Rocco in Fidelio, before returning to the New York City Opera as Pistola in Falstaff. He also sang Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier with Huntsville Symphony. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Jordan made his debut at the Cesky Krumlov Festival as Padre Guardiano in La forza del destino.
During the 2006/07 season, Mr. Jordan returned to the New York City Opera in productions of La Bohème, Semele, Così fan tutte, Madame Butterfly, La Donna del Lago and La Traviata. In addition, he was re-engaged by the Gotham Chamber Opera to sing the role of Gaudenzio in Rossini’s comic gem Il Signor Bruschino. This summer he returns again to the Caramoor Festival in a production of Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix and to the Belleayre Music Festival where he sings Basilio in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Other recent appearances include the roles of Sacristan in Tosca with El Paso Opera, Sparafucille in Rigoletto at the Belleayre Music Festival, Bonze in Madama Butterfly and Ashby in La Fanciulla del West with the New York City Opera. During the 2005/06 season, Mr. Jordan sang Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring with Gotham Chamber Opera and re-engaged by the New York City Opera in the productions of Capriccio, Il Viaggio a Reims, The Mines of Sulphur, Lysistrata and Carmen.
Highlights of his operatic performances with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis include the role of Neptune in Rameau’s Hippolytus and Aricia, and Koremitsu in the world premiere of Minoru Miki’s The Tale of Genji. Mr. Jordan portrayed both Masetto and the Commendatore in San Francisco Opera/ Western Opera Theater’s national tour of Don Giovanni. His buffo appearances include Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro with Boston Lyric Opera, as well as Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with both the Boston Lyric Opera and Central City Opera. Mr. Jordan’s lyricism soared as Ramfis in Boston Bel Canto Opera’s Aida and as Rusalka’s Vodnik with Symphony Pro Musica. Other concert and oratorio appearances include Mozart’s Requiem, Kodaly’s Te Deum, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Rossini’s Petite Messe Sollenelle. Other operatic roles include Lodovico in Verdi’s Otello with Opera Omaha and a reprisal of Koremitsu in Japan.
Eric Jordan holds music degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles and the New England Conservatory of Music. A 1998 regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, he received additional training with the Central City Opera House Association, the International Institute of Vocal Arts and the Israeli Institute of Vocal Arts.