Tenor Eric Johnston’s ever-expanding operatic repertoire ranging from Wagner to Puccini earns the artist acclaim with “voice to spare and appropriate passion.” Likewise, in lighter repertoire, he performs leading roles to critical acclaim in productions such as Salome, Falstaff, Die Fledermaus, Romeo et Juliette, Pirates of Penzance, Little Women, Tosca, The Magic Flute, and H.M.S. Pinafore, as well as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, Pong in Turandot, Little Bat in Susannah, Goro in Madama Butterfly, Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, among others with renowned companies nationwide. Opera News praised his portrayal in Falstaff as “humorously individualized and perfectly suited” as Bardolf, and Columbus Post-Dispatch called him a “company treasure” in Nanki-Poo in The Mikado. He also performs regularly with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Columbus, Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee, Augusta Opera, Nashville Opera, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Lake George, and Chautauqua Opera, among others.
Engagements for 2006 and beyond include Little Bat in Susannah with Virginia Opera, Njegus in The Merry Widow with Fresno Grand Opera, Goro in Madama Butterfly and La Traviata with Opera Columbus, Salome with Michigan Opera Theatre, Malcolm in Macbeth with the Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee, Tybalt in Romeo et Juliette with the Nashville Opera, and a return to the National Chorale for Mozart’s Requiem.
Mr. Johnston is also an active concert soloist appearing with the Athens Symphony, the Denison Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Ohio State Symphony, and The Buffalo Choral Arts Society in such repertoire as the Bach Cantatas, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah. Most recently he performed the Mozart Solemn Vespers with the Denison Symphony and also appeared with the Athens Symphony singing Lord Nelson Mass.
Mr. Johnston studied music at Ohio State University and Otterbein College and went on to study with Chautauqua Opera as a Studio Artist and Apprentice Artist