Eric Cutler has won acclaim in such theaters as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Salzburg Festival, Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels, Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Canadian Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Australia, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Glyndebourne Festival and Santa Fe Opera.
Considered one of the most important “jugendlich-dramatisch” tenors of our day, Cutler made his debut in the title role of Wagner’s Lohengrin at La Monnaie in the 2017/18 season, after which he appeared at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden as Erik in Der fliegende Holländer. He also appeared in Hamburg as Florestan in Fidelio and sang his first performances of Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at the 2018 Aix-en-Provence Festival. In the 2018/19 season, he sang his first Kaiser in Strauss’s Die Frau one Schatten under Kent Nagano at the Hamburg State Opera, where he also appeared as Apollo in Daphne. Cutler also returned to the Houston Grand Opera as Erik and added the title role in Idomeneo to his repertoire at the Teatro Real in Madrid under Ivor Bolton. In 2019, Cutler sang his first performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich under Francois-Xavier Roth, followed by a concert of the same work with the Pittsburgh Symphony under Manfred Honeck. Other recent engagements have included Fidelio in Stuttgart, Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Madrid, Adolar in Euryanthe in Frankfurt, and the title role in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust in Bordeaux.
In the 2019/20 season, Cutler will appear at the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in the title role of Les Contes D’Hoffmann, after which he will appear at the Semperoper Dresden in the same role. He will sing Florestan in a new production of the 1806 second version of Fidelio at the Theater an der Wien under Manfred Honeck, with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and with the Orchestra de Paris under Simone Young. Cutler will also sing La Damnation de Faust with the Hamburg Symphony under Sylvain Cambreling. In the summer of 2020, he will make his role debut as the Prince in Rusalka at the Santa Fe Opera. Cutler will also sing Das Lied Von der Erde at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples under Juraj Valčuha. In future seasons, the tenor will make his debut at the Bayreuth Festival and the Vienna State Opera. He will also return to the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Real, Zurich Opera and in Geneva.
Eric Cutler is a native of Adel, Iowa and an alumnus of Luther College and the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program. The winner of the 2005 Richard Tucker Award, as well as earlier Study and Career Grants from the Tucker Foundation, Cutler began his career in the Bel Canto and Lyric Tenor Repertoire. He was praised internationally for his performances in all the major tenor roles of Mozart, as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Arturo in I Puritani and Alfredo in La Traviata, as well in the French lyric repertoire as Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette. He scored a triumph as Raoul in Les Huguenots at La Monnaie in Brussels, after which he began his development into the jugendlich repertoire under the tutelage of Michael Paul, who remains his vocal mentor today.