About Lunga Eric
This season, engagements include a role and house debut as Il Conte d’Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Pittsburgh Opera and a debut at Houston Grand Opera. In future seasons Hallam will debut with the São Paulo Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
He began his career in Cape Town, where he studied at the University of Cape Town College of Music, and was in the Young Artist Programme at Cape Town Opera. There he performed the roles of Tebaldo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Roberto (Maria Stuarda), and Ramiro (La Cenerentola). He also founded a non-profit organisation called Phenomenal Opera Voices in his home of Cape Town.
At the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Lunga appeared in the Harris Theater’s Beyond the Aria series alongside Joyce DiDonato, and his recent debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti as the Judge in Un ballo in maschera. Recent performances at the Lyric Opera include the Sunday in the Park with Lyric’s Rising Stars concert, as well as in the Chicago premieres of Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Adult Nathan) and Le Comte Ory (First Courtier). In the 2022/23 season, he debuted at Wolftrap Opera as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Jupiter (Semele).