Lauded by the Austin Chronicle as “a rising star in the opera world” and praised by Opera News for his “keen eye for detail and character insight” for which “the result was a seamless, gripping flow,” director Eric Einhorn directs the world premiere of Clark’s Happy Birthday, Wanda June for Indianapolis Opera and Der fliegende Holländer in a return to Austin Opera in the 2016-17 season. He also leads a number of projects for On Site Opera, of which he is the Founding Director: a double bill of Argento’s Miss Havisham’s Fire and Berlioz’s La mort de Cléopâtre, Le mere coupable, and Il matrimonio segreto, with performances of the latter also at Atlanta Opera. In addition he returns to the Metropolitan Opera to direct the revival of Rigoletto as well as for the new productions of Der Rosenkavalier, Nabucco, and Il barbiere di Siviglia. His future engagements include a return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Last season, he returned to the Pacific Symphony for a new production of Turandot and joined Rutgers University for Così fan tutte. He also returned to the Metropolitan Opera to direct the revivals of Simon Boccanegra with James Levine conducting and Rigoletto. In the summer, he directed the North American premiere of Portugal’s Le nozze di Figaro for On Site Opera.
His direction of Dialogues des Carmélites for Austin Opera was awarded “Best Opera” at the Austin Critics’ Table Awards in addition to garnering him a nomination for “Best Director.” He reprised his direction of Dialogues des Carmélites in a return to Pittsburgh Opera, where he has also directed Carmen, Don Pasquale, and Xerxes. His other recent projects include his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut staging Hänsel und Gretel and his subsequent return to the company to direct the world premiere of The Property, a klezmer opera for which he was also adapter, for Lyric Unlimited. He has also directed a new production of Tosca for the Pacific Symphony, Fidelio for Utah Opera, Carmen with Portland Opera, Giulio Cesare and Turandot with Florentine Opera, Le nozze di Figaro with Fort Worth Opera, Alcina and Così fan tutte for Wolf Trap Opera, Orpheus in the Underworld for Glimmerglass Opera, a new production of Carmen for the Buck Hill-Skytop Music Festival, Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Vanished for Gotham Chamber Opera, Hans Krása’s Brundibár for Michigan Opera Theatre, staged concerts of Hindemith’s Sancta Susanna and Weill’s Royal Palace for the Bard Music Festival, Cosi fan tutte for Florida Grand Opera outreach, Douglas Moore’s Gallantry for New York University, as well as Oedipus the King for Klasikos Theater in Pittsburgh.
Mr. Einhorn is the co-founding Founding General and Artistic Director of On Site Opera, a company devoted to presenting site-specific performances. Its previous offerings include Shostakovich’s cartoon opera, The Silly Baby Mouse, at the Bronx Zoo, Gershwin’s Blue Monday presented at The Cotton Club in Harlem, and Rameau’s Pygmalion at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, and Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Fabbri Mansion. He has served on the directing staff of the Metropolitan Opera since 2005, where he has previously staged Hänsel und Gretel and La cenerentola. Also at the Metropolitan Opera, he has collaborated on two world premieres, Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy and Tan Dun’s The First Emperor; numerous new productions that include The Nose, Prince Igor, Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer, From the House of the Dead, Giulio Cesare, Anna Bolena, Die Fledermaus, Manon, Tosca, Adams’ Nixon in China, Glass’ Satyagraha; and several operas in the house’s standing repertoire. He has also joined Santa Fe Opera directing the Resident Artist in its scenes programs as well as for the company’s production of Arabella.
He is the former resident stage director for Great Music for a Great City at the City University of New York Graduate Center where he staged additional performances of Brundibár and The Medium. A proponent of Holocaust art, Mr. Einhorn has directed several pieces on the subject including Adam Silverman’s Korczak’s Orphans (co-director of the world premiere staging) with Real Time Opera, a reading of Jo Ellen Hubert’s While Childhood Slept with the Holmdel Theatre Company, and Der Kaiser von Atlantis at Oberlin College. In addition, he has served as resident stage director for the Music at Hillwood concert series at the Tilles Center of Long Island University.
Mr. Einhorn is past winner of the National Opera Association’s scholarly paper competition and is a frequent contributor of book reviews to the National Opera Association’s Opera Journal. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Opera Directing & Voice Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
“What is striking about the production is the economy of its design and direction...Credit Eric Einhorn, a rising star in the opera world, for leading the artists with unique and creative stage direction... A tremendous experience I won't forget...”
— Austin Chronicle