At the start of her 2022-2023 season, Erica Ferguson works as assistant director under Raymond O. Caldwell for the Washington National Opera Institute. She then makes her debut with Bel Cantanti Opera directing their Fall production of Bellini's I Capuletti e i Montecchi. Next, Erica choreographs Act 2 of Die Fledermaus for Maryland Opera's production of "Ritorna Vincitor!" In 2023, she returns to Loudoun Lyric Opera to direct their double bill production of Moore's Gallantry and Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti. She ends the season assistant directing for Helen Aberger's production of H.M.S. Pinafore with Victorian Lyric Opera Company.
In 2021-2022, Erica made her directing debut with Loudoun Lyric Opera in their production of Carmen. Additionally, she assistant directed for Amanda Consol in the Maryland Opera Studio's New Work Reading, Sunder.
The 2020-2021 season saw Erica make exciting debuts with OperaTerps and Victorian Lyric Opera Company. At the beginning of 2020, Erica directed and choreographed a double-bill production of Weill’s Down in the Valley and Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso for OperaTerps at the University of Maryland. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Erica directed and redesigned a live production for the small screen in Victorian Lyric Opera Company’s A Gilbert & Sullivan Drawing Room. Taking great safety measures, her team recorded both virtually and in-person to create a story that connected the past with the future.
Erica is currently directing and producing an animated educational movie called Cinderella: A Children’s Opera. Through this modernized fairytale, kids will be exposed to opera in a familiar and relatable way. To learn more about the production, please visit cinderellachildrensopera.com.
With her background deeply rooted in dance, Erica has choreographed for many opera and musical theatre productions over the years. Her highlights include Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe and Trial by Jury for Young Victorian Theatre Company, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Moore’s Gallantry, and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors at Towson University, children’s opera productions of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty with Annapolis Opera, and Beauty and the Beast at Rockville High School.
Erica Ferguson holds a Masters in Music from University of Maryland and was a member of the Maryland Opera Studio.
She earned her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from Towson University.