Vocalist - Bass-Baritone
Acclaim
Hartford Symphony Presents An Antidote To Bland Holiday Music
"The center of the work was given to the baritone soloist, which was the setting of a Thomas Hardy poem called ‘The Oxen.' Bass-baritone Eric Downs sang with warm and effective colorings. He drew us into the final stanza with gentle energy."
Jeffrey Johnson, Hartford Courant
Strong singing, inventive set boost 'Italian Girl in Algiers'

"As Mustapha, Downs was velvety-smooth, dark-hued, stylish, especially good in recitative and more lyrical intimidation."

Matthew Guerrieri, Boston Globe
Midsummer Treat
"A superb male vocal quartet praise the powerful Bey of Algiers, Mustafa, (bass-baritone Eric Downs) saying he is a 'tamer of women.'"
Susan Miron, Boston Musical Intelligencer
O Thou That Tellest: Timeless oratorio resplendent in cathedral
"Mr. Downs championed Why Do the Nations, displaying a great flexibility in his vocal range, and a pleasing lower register. Mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson sang with a vocal warmth that has inevitably become her trademark. In the aria O Thou That Tellest, Ms. Simpson brought a jubilance to the work."
Patrick McCoy, Examiner.com
Boston Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra's Don Giovanni Convincing, Intelligent
"With Leporello, well played by bass-baritone Eric Downs, the comic nature of the role means fewer arias and more recitatives, and even the arias, such as his 'Notte e giorno faticar' with which the opera begins, are choppy, but there were windows to observe what a fine voice he has when given a chance."
Mary Wallace Davidson, Boston Musical Intelligencer
'Cosi' needed to rush net more
"Eric Downs, as the instigator Don Alfonso, showed the best sense of phrase, his bass-baritone suavely insistent."
Matthew Guerrieri, Boston Globe
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