Young tenor Ian McEuen has been praised for his versatility as a performer, impressing audiences with his "sweet lyric tone" and "gravitas on the stage”, as well as his ability to evoke laughter "just for walking across the stage." Most recently Ian covered the roles of Dan Leno in Elizabeth Cree and John Little in We Shall Not Be Moved, both for the O17 Festival with Opera Philadelphia, sang Redwood Son/ Technician/Prosecutor/Bailiff/Sasha/Cop in Florida with UrbanArias, Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd with Baltimore Concert Opera and Atlanta Opera, and Remendado in Carmen with Annapolis Opera. In the 2019-2020 season, he appears as the Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos with Wolf Trap Opera, the Magician in The Consul with Baltimore Concert Opera, and Little Bat in Susannah in his return to Annapolis Opera.
After making his professional operatic debut in Fort Worth Opera's production of Mark Adamo's Lysistrata in 2012, Mr. McEuen joined the company as a Studio Artist for two seasons where he sang Der Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos and covered Tonio in La fille du Régiment. In the 2014-2015 season, he joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera covering St. Brioche in a new production of The Merry Widow directed by Susan Stroman. Other recent engagements include debuts with UrbanArias as Dr. S in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, New Orleans Opera as Tobias in Sweeney Todd, Virginia Opera as Pang and Nashville Opera as Pong in Turandot, North Carolina Opera as Goro in Madama Butterfly, and Knoxville Opera as Spoletta in Tosca. Additionally, he returned to Washington National Opera for Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars and Goro in their production of Madama Butterfly.
"Director Tara Faircloth used the supporting cast to advantage in a production that was at once fairly conventional — set around the time the opera was written, in the early 20th century — and quietly inventive, particularly in its use of the backstage area in Act II,...
"Mayes makes for a compellingly sinister and seething Sweeney, internally miserable but taking an outwardly visible delight in planning and exacting his revenge; his strongest emotional attachment is, believably, to his razors."
-Atlanta Journal Constitution
‘“Florida” certainly had strong moments, not least Florida herself: Sharin Apostolou was terrific playing a curious, vibrant teenager with a vivid and seemingly tireless soprano voice. . . "Ian McEuen offered a firm, darkening tenor and a range of brief, vivid characte...
"Ian McEuen returns to the WNO stage as Goro and fares well in this stylized version of Madame Butterfly, scooting around the stage, rapping open a fan loudly, and in other ways manipulating his every deal with crisp visual clarity."- DC Theatre Scene