Conductor and pianist Eric Melear has carved out an international operatic career as a versatile performer and administrator, dividing his time between conducting, coaching and playing, and having overseen the musical activities of both Houston Grand Opera and Wolf Trap Opera.
His 2017-18 season includes conducting Roméo et Juliette at Wolf Trap Opera, Wagner’s Nibelungen Ring for Children at the Vienna State Opera, and assisting productions of Daphne, Die Walküre, Der Freischütz, and more at the Vienna State Opera.
Based in Vienna, Austria, he serves on the music staff of the Vienna State Opera, where he regularly covers and assists major conductors, prepares the world-class ensemble, and shares conducting responsibilities for the stage music.
"Eric Melear conducted with confidence and sensitivity, drawing highly-charged playing from the orchestra in a performance that felt like a new artistic milestone for Wolf Trap.”
– Opera Magazine (UK), September 2015
“... [The singers] also sang the heck out of Gassmann's sparkling, witty score (pruned down from four hours to under three), supported firmly by Eric Melear's lithe, nuanced conducting and the orchestra's spirited playing."
– Opera News, October 2016
“In the pit, conductor Eric Melear drew nuanced,
colorful playing from the orchestra."
– Opera Today, July 2017