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Vocalist

“Singer-accordionist Eric Stern, a man whose imagination is as big and colorful as his cabaret-primed voice.” ~ The Oregonian

“… it’s still Eric Stern who’ll knock your socks off. With his masterly accordion work and a robust voice capable of either the sly, light touch of “The Transformation Into Marlene” or the show-stopping sustain and vibrato he employs for occasional snippets of opera, he’s a wonderfully outsized and charismatic character.” ~ The Oregonian

Eric Stern is best known in the vocal world as the main voice of Vagabond Opera, a cutting edge ensemble. Although Mr. Stern has won accolades for his hybrid operatic creation his vocal training was rooted deeply in the “Bel Canto” operatic tradition. He began his vocal studies apprenticing at a small opera company in his native Philadelphia (where at the Italian Market people still stand on the corners and sing arias), he soon travelled to Europe and then the Western U.S. in pursuit of his education. Eric Stern has the distinction of being a fine opera singer and has appeared in over thirty operas, including lead roles in La Boheme (Schaunard), Die Fledermaus (Dr. Falke), Gianni Schicchi (Gerardo), Carmen (El Dancairo)and the American Premiere of The Beggar’s Opera (Ben Lockitt) Mr. Stern is fluent in the jazz, klezmer, classical and Middle-Eastern idioms .