Praised for his “polished baritone and acting skills” and “sterling musical and physical work," baritone Steven Eddy is a versatile young performer with a broad repertoire spanning opera, oratorio, and art song.
Upcoming and within the current season: a debut with the American Symphony Orchestra in Strauss's Friedenstag in Carnegie Hall; the role of Charlie in Three Decembers with Opera Birmingham; a concert tour with the Grammy-nominated choral ensemble Seraphic Fire; and, performances with the Brooklyn Art Song Society. Recent performances include: Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, a début with LoftOpera as Raimbaud in Rossini’s Le comte Ory; a recital with Brooklyn Art Song Society and tours with Saraphic Fire.
As former member of the Fort Worth Opera Studio, he returned to the 2014 Fort Worth Opera Festival in critically acclaimed performances as Ponchel in Silent Night one year after his professional operatic début with the company as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos.
Other roles in his repertoire include Dandini (La Cenerentola), Sid (Albert Herring), Dancaïre (Carmen), Figaro (The Barber of Seville), Aeneas (Dido & Aeneas) Schaunard (La bohème), Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress), Ford (Falstaff), John Brooke (Little Women), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Dr. Pangloss/Voltaire (Candide). He has had the pleasure of performing with such companies and festivals as Fort Worth Opera, Opera Saratoga, Aspen Opera Theater Center, Tanglewood Music Center, Center for Contemporary Opera, Arbor Opera Theater, and the Seagle Music Colony.
An avid concert performer and Baroque music specialist, Mr. Eddy has appeared with Seraphic Fire, American Classical Orchestra, Handel Choir of Baltimore, New York Virtuoso Singers, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, The Choralis Foundation, Columbia Pro Cantare, Ensemble VIII, Saginaw Choral Society and Kalamazoo Bach Festival. His wide range of oratorio and concert works include Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St. Matthew Passion and many cantatas, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré and Duruflé, and Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.
Mr. Eddy has also received great praise as an interpreter of works in the art song repertory. He recently made his New York recital début as a winner of the 2015 Joy in Singing Debut Artist Award. As a Marc & Eva Stern Fellow with SongFest at Colburn, he had the opportunity to collaborate on recitals and Masterclasses with such luminaries as Graham Johnson, Rudolf Piernay, Jake Heggie, John Musto and Sanford Sylvan. Prior to this, he was a Vocal Arts Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center in 2012 and 2013, where he performed and collaborated with Stephanie Blythe, Alan Smith, and Håkan Hagegård. During his studies at the University of Michigan, he worked closely with celebrated collaborative pianist Martin Katz on a wide variety of art song and opera projects.
Winner of the 2015 Joy in Singing Debut Artist Award, Mr. Eddy also received prizes from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Oratorio Society of New York's Lyndon Woodside Competition, Joy in Singing’s Positively Poulenc! Competition, the Howard County Arts Council Rising Star, and the University of Michigan Friends of Opera competitions. He was also the recipient of the Earl V. Moore Award in Music from the University of Michigan and has been a finalist in the Dallas Opera Guild and Connecticut Opera Guild competitions.
Mr. Eddy completed his Specialist of Music in Voice degree at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where he studied with Stephen Lusmann. He received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Harrison.
More on Steven Eddy at: www.steveneddybaritone.com
Three Decembers, Charlie -- Opera Birmingham, 2017
As Charlie, baritone Steven Eddy convincingly imparts his love for Burt, his partner who is dying of AIDS, and his disdain for his mother, who mistakenly calls his partner Curt. Equal parts anger and anguish, Eddy’s multidimensional portrayal was given further depth with his impassioned singing. - Michael Huebner, ArtsBHAM
Silent Night,, Ponchel -- Fort Worth Opera
"... the coffee-brewing French soldier Ponchel, winningly portrayed by Steven Eddy, provides welcome humanity, even humor, and a particularly tragic death." - Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News
"...Steven Eddy (the spiritedly French soldier Ponchel) endowed [his character] with full humanity and vocal power." -Willard Spiegleman, Opera News