2001 – 2003; 2005 – 2006
KIRK EICHELBERGER returned to OSJ during the 2015-16 season as Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen, and was a featured artist in the Irene Dalis Memorial Concert in 2015. With Festival Opera, he appeared as the Music Master in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. Other recent performances for Mr. Eichelberger include The Emperor in Tan Dun’s Tea with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Mephistopheles in Faust with Opera Grand Rapids, Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Vancouver Opera, and Ferrando in Il trovatore with Opera Manitoba. He also appeared as Don Fernando in Fidelio with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffman with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Memphis, and Alidoro in La Cenerentola with Sacramento Opera.
In the 2011-12 season, Mr. Eichelberger was a featured soloist with the Midsummer Mozart Festival in a performance of Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor. In 2010, he appeared as Méphistophélès (Faust) with Dayton Opera, a role he repeated in 2011 with Opera Birmingham. During the summer of 2010, Mr. Eichelberger appeared as Raimondo in Festival Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor, and returned to Opera San José in the fall to perform the role of Alexei Karenin in the company’s production of Anna Karenina.
During the 2007-08 season, Mr. Eichelberger made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Gambler 3 (The Gamber) and also covered the role of Jago in their production of Ernani. He also appeared as Alaska Wolf Joe (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) for the Spoleto Festival USA 2007, Colline (La bohème) for Fremont Opera, Frère Laurent (Roméo et Juliette) for San Francisco Lyric Opera, Grandpa Moss (The Tender Land) for Trinity Opera, and Louis (A View From the Bridge) with Washington National Opera.
During the 2006 – 2007 season, Mr. Eichelberger performed the role of Dr. Gibbs in Our Town at the Dean Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. In October, he performed the role of Monterone (Rigoletto) for the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
After departing the company in spring of 2006, Mr. Eichelberger performed the role of Nick Shadow in West Bay Opera’s production of The Rake’s Progress. Mr. Eichelberger then returned to OSJ in the 2006 – 2007 season as a guest artist to perform the roles of Frère Laurent (Roméo et Juliette) and Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia). In 2005 – 2006, Mr. Eichelberger sang the roles of Reverend Hale (The Crucible), Count Warting (A Masked Ball), Schaunard (La bohème), and Leporello (Don Giovanni). Mr. Eichelberger also appeared as soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah for the San Francisco Choral Society, and was a featured soloist with Silicon Valley Symphony in their performance of Mozart’s Requiem.
Mr. Eichelberger was previously seen as Daland in Der fliegende Holländer during OSJ’s 2004 – 2005 season. Since his first departure from the company in 2003, Mr. Eichelberger performed the title role in Elijah with Oakland East Bay Symphony, The Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Festival Opera, Alidoro (La Cenerentola) for Sacramento Opera and the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffman with West Bay Opera. Other engagements for 2003 – 2004 included the roles of Ferrando in Monterey Opera’s production of Il trovatore, Il re in Aida with Festival Opera, the title role in West Bay Opera’s production of Don Giovanni, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Virginia Opera and the title role in Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Memphis.