About Eric

Eric Botto Headshot 2019Select credits: Roméo et Juliette (Roméo) with Natchez Music Festival; The Little Prince (Vain Man/Lamplighter) with First Coast Opera; Roméo et Juliette (Roméo), La bohème (Rodolfo), and Turandot (Pong) with Mississippi Opera; Roméo et Juliette (Roméo), Iolanthe (Earl Tolloller), and The Consul (The Magician) with Alabama School of the Arts; Sweeney Todd (Pirelli) with Opera Fort Collins; La Cenerentola (Don Ramiro) and Madama Butterfly (Goro cover) with Operafestival di Roma.
Awards: National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition (Alabama, 2019)—First Place, Colorado State University Singer of the Year (2016)—Finalist.
Education: University of Mobile (Master of Music, 2020), Colorado State University (Bachelor of Music, 2017).


To Watch

Virtual Sing-In, Part 1

Opera Invasion 1: Ballads on Balconies, Tour D

Opera Invasion 2: Opera Open Book

Cocktails, Concerts, and Conversations, Week 6

”I'd Been Closed-Off For So Long” (Chautauqua Opera Song Cycle)

Week Six Master Class

Opera Invasion 3: Miller Bell-Tower Sing-a-Long

Week Seven Master Class

Young Artist Interview

Eric BottoQ: What is your hometown?
A: Houston, Texas, born and raised

Q: What was the first opera you saw and how old were you?
A: I was 14 when I saw Houston Grand’s La bohème. Gorgeous voices, and that set was just breathtaking.

Q: What was the first opera in which you performed?
A: It was Franz Lehár’s charming operetta Die lustige Witwe, performed in English. My very first role was Raoul de St Brioche.

Q: Opera features some pretty iconic characters. Who is your favorite operatic character and why?
A: I would have to say Werther. The guy is arguably one of the most distraught, broken characters in the canon. It is both emotionally and musically a marathon of a role.

Q: Who are your opera singing idols?
A: For the living, I would definitely say Bryan Hymel and René Barbera. They are such different types of tenors, both so committed to their craft and artistry, and it shows in their work. Regarding the late greats, I would have to go with Corelli and Pavarotti. You just can’t beat those instruments!

Q: What do you love most about opera?
A: The freedom of self-expression and utter vulnerability. On that stage, the world temporarily stops and people leave their trials & tribulations at the door, leaving the musicians & audience with total empathy. 

Q: Chautauquans love their ice-cream! What is your favorite flavor?
A: This is a tough question! I periodically get hooked on a new flavor, but I seem to always go back to Cookies and Cream.

Photo caption: Eric Botto as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette at Alabama School of the Arts. Photo Credit: Ally Judkins.

Spotify Playlist

Each week, two of our Young Artists will draw inspiration from Chautauqua Institution’s weekly theme and weekly interfaith theme to curate Spotify playlists for your listening pleasure. We hope these playlists provide inspiration, joy, and a chance to engage with these themes in a different way.

For Week Seven, Eric drew inspiration from the theme The Science of Us

He says:

“I created this eclectic playlist for “The Science of Us,” which specifically addresses the different forms and aspects of the human experience. With contrasting genres drawn from both the classical and contemporary, and artists derived from both critically-acclaimed and indie realms, this playlist displays a wide array of unifying, humanistic themes. Human connection is essential because it exhibits that we are intentionally individual, yet we are nothing without one another.”