Eric Cutler has won international 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. In the current season, Cutler makes his role debut as the Prince in Rusalka at the Teatro Real in Madrid, in a new production staged by Christoph Loy and conducted by Ivor Bolton. He will subsequently make his debut at the Berlin State Opera in the title role of Wagner’s Lohengrin. Cutler will also sing his first Max in a new production of Der Freischütz at the Hamburg State Opera. In the summer of 2021, the tenor will make his debut at the Bayreuth Festival as Erik in the new production of Der Fliegende Hollaender.
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, in Bel canto roles such as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Arturo in I Puritani and Alfredo in La Traviata, as well as in the French lyric repertoire as Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette. He won tremendous acclaim as Raoul in Les Huguenots at La Monnaie in Brussels and at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and it was after this role debut that he began his development into the jugendlich repertoire under the tutelage of Michael Paul, who remains his vocal mentor today.
Considered now one of the most important “jugendlich-dramatisch” tenors of our day, Cutler made his debut in the title role of Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie in 2018, after which he appeared at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden as Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer. He also appeared in Hamburg and Stuttgart as Florestan in Fidelio, as Adolar in Weber’s Euryanthe in Frankfurt, and as Apollo in Strauss’s Daphne in Brussels. In the summer of 2018 Cutler made his debut at the Aix en Provence Festival in performances of Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, after which he added the role of the Kaiser in Die Frau ohne Schatten to his repertoire in Hamburg, where he had also been previously heard as Apollo. In the 2018/19 season, Cutler returned to the Houston Grand Opera as Erik. Other highlights from recent seasons have included his role debut in the title role of Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Teatro Real in Madrid under Ivor Bolton, Fidelio at the Theater an der Wien, and Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Brussels. He also sang his first performances of Das Lied von der Erde with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich under Francois-Xavier Roth, followed by concerts of the same work at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, under Yuraj Valcua, and with the Pittsburgh Symphony, under Manfred Honeck. In December of 2020, Cutler will sing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Staatsoper Berlin, under Daniel Barenboim.