Lyric tenor, ERIC MARGIORE, praised by Opera News for "ripping into his role with brilliance and style, brio and high-octane vocalism," is establishing himself as an international contender in the principal romantic tenor repertoire. The tenor is quickly becoming known for his, “uniquely Italianate voice” and his "American Idol looks," possessing "intelligence, true presence, level-10 intensity and committed acting."
The 2013 and 2014 seasons have provided Eric with some very important and successful opportunities. Eric debuted at the Canadian Opera Company singing performances of Rodolfo in La Boheme with Maestro Carlo Rizzi in the pit, Rodolfo in La Boheme with Mo. Steven Mercurio for the St. Barts Music Festival, and as well as more performances of La Boheme’s, Rodolfo, this time in Austria, with the St. Margarethen Opera Festival, directed by Academy Award nominee, Robert Dornhelm. Eric also sang many Verdi Requiem’s: with Mo. Donald Runnicles for the Grand Teton Music Festival, and with the Stockton Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony/Chorale as well as at Carnegie Hall with John Rutter at the podium. Mr Margiore also reprised a role he has done often, Alfredo in La Traviata for his Canadian debut with Opera Lyra and he also sang with the Piccolo Spoleto Festival singing Tony in West Side Story accompanied by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 Eric sang two important role debuts: Rodolpho in Bolcom’s, A View from the Bridge with the Michigan Opera Theatre, as well as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the Hawaii Opera Theatre. Eric is currently covering as well as debuting in performances with the San Francisco Opera as Rodolfo in La Boheme.
2012 and 2011 were very busy seasons for the young Italian-American tenor, including what was his official European debut and role debut as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Germany. Eric sang many performances of Rodolfo, his role debut, in La Boheme with the Central City Opera in Colorado to great acclaim, as critics wrote of his, “powerful captivating vocalism, squillo, passion and expressivity,” and Opera News proclaimed, “One could understand why emerging tenor Eric Margiore was cast as Rodolfo. His handsome, Italianate tenor voice was an ideal fit for this role, and he achieved some stirring moments as he swept upward in Puccini's soaring passages.”Mr. Margiore sang Alfredo in La Traviata, with the Hawaii Opera Theatre and also sang Edgar Linton in Herrmann’s, Wuthering Heights, for his debut with the Minnesota Opera followed by his United Kingdom debut in London and role debut of Fritz Kobus in Mascagni’s rarely heard, L’amico Fritz, with Opera Holland Park, to which The Guardian wrote, “it's quite wonderfully sung: Margiore soars through the scenes with ravishing finesse.” Eric also opened the new Lyric Opera Baltimore as Alfredo in La Traviata alongside Elizabeth Futral as Violetta and he was the tenor soloist for Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra in Arizona.
2010 and 2009 were also very fruitful seasons for Mr. Margiore. He sang Alfredo in La Traviata, and his first Verdi Requiem, both with the Utah Festival Opera. He made his debut in Asia with Opera Hong Kong with performances of Tamino in Die Zauberflote in Hong Kong and Beijing, China and sang Il Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto with Opera Naples in Florida. He sang Narraboth in Salome with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis were he was hailed as “a real presence sung with a fine, forceful tenor, attractive and sure, acting with intelligence." Eric also performed in concert with Marcello Giordani, and sang concerts with the Stockton Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Opera Orchestra, as well as solo recitals of Neapolitan songs throughout southern Italy.
Eric’s unofficial auspicious debut was in 2007 when he twice stepped in last minute with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis to sing Arturo in two important performances of I Puritani that were praised by Opera News, while his official professional debut was shortly thereafter in the role of Gerald in Lakmé with Tulsa Opera. Since then through 2008, highlights of that time period saw Eric as Il Duca di Mantova with the Palm Beach Opera, covering Le Prince Charmant, in Massenet’s Cendrillon with the New York City Opera, and for his role debut of Alfredo in La Traviata with the Shreveport Opera, Azael in Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue with Opera Naples, and Cassio in Otello with the Vero Beach Opera. Mr. Margiore has had concert appearances with the Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera and New York City Opera, with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra for a concert performance of West Side Story, with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in Louisiana for a Sicilian themed concert, at Radio City Music Hall, and three appearances at Carnegie Hall.
Eric Margiore has recorded with Albany Records, for Thomas Pasatieri’s, La Divina and Eric has also been recognized by many important vocal competitions and foundations as the winner of grants from the Sullivan Foundation, Opera Index, the Guilo Gari Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, was chosen for Placido Domingo’s Operalia in two separate years and was a two-time winner in the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition. Eric was also a finalist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Houston Grand Opera for their international studio’s and was a Metropolitan Opera National Semi-Finalist.
A native of New York, Eric’s proud Italian-Americanism comes from a Sicilian and Neapolitan family heritage. Eric finished his professional training at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Glimmerglass Opera, and Chautauqua Opera young artist programs, and holds degrees from New York University and the Mannes College of Music.