"Taylor's singing is particularly noteworthy,
a sound that has both clarity
and a lush texture." -Front Row Reviews
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and powerful!” – Deseret News
The “Impassioned tenor” (Houston Press) Eric John Taylor of St. George, UT is noted for the “exceptional quality of his tenor” (First Row). Mr. Taylor completed his Master of Music degree at Rice University, where he dazed audiences with his interpretations of Sam Polk in Floyd’s Susannah and the Emperor Tito in La clemenza di Tito. He was named the second prize winner in HGO’s 2021 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias and currently is part of the Houston Grand Opera’s prestigious Sarah and Ernest Butler Studio. For HGO's 2021-22 season, Taylor brought the Chevalier de la Force to life in Dialogues of the Carmelites and “brought sturdy voice and dignified demeanor” (Texas Classical Review). First Armored Man in the Kosky production of Die Zauberflöte, Benvolio in mainstage and outdoor performances of Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, and covered Don Jose in Carmen and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte.
Mr. Taylor returned this past fall to the Butler HGO studio and was featured onstage as Gastone in La traviata, Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, and Narraboth in Salome. Mr. Taylor also covered the roles of Mark in The Wreckers and the title character of Werther for Houston Grand Opera in their 2022-23 season.
While pursuing his undergraduate degree in music at Westminster College, he performed several leading roles, including Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Rodolfo in La bohème, Luis in The Gondoliers, in addition to appearing in Carmina Burana with Salt Lake City’s Ballet West. Taylor has participated in Apprentice Artist programs with Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera, and Utah Lyric Opera. He was named a semi-finalist at the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions in 2017. Mr. Taylor covered the role of Rodolfo in La bohème at the Santa Fe Opera in 2019 and returned to the Santa Fe Opera in 2022 to perform the role of Melot in Tristan und Isolde and cover Don José in Carmen.
Mr. Taylor can be seen performing the title role of Faust at Wolf Trap Opera this July. He will be making his house and role debut singing the role of Lt. B.F. Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly at Detroit Opera and Houston Grand Opera in the upcoming 2023-24 season.
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