American bass-baritone Craig Colclough is firmly establishing himself as one of the most imaginative singers of his generation, with captivating stage presence. Highlights in the 2019/20 season include a return to LA Opera as the title role The Marriage of Figaro, title role Macbeth for Opera Vlaanderen with performances in Ghent and Luxembourg, and Bishop Dyer Riders of the Purple Stage for Arizona Opera. He will perform Don Pizzaro Fidelio in a concert tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
Colclough’s recent highlights include Peter Hänsel und Gretel Los Angeles Opera, his debut at Oper Frankfur as Fra Melitone La forza del destino, title role Macbeth, Telramund Lohengrin and title role Falstaff at Opera Vlaanderen, Pistola Falstaff for The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Scarpia Tosca for English National Opera and the Canadian Opera Company, Narrator A Flowering Tree for Opera Queensland, Doristo L'arbore di Diana for Minnesota Opera, Kurwenal in a new production of Tristan und Isolde at English National Opera, Simone Gianni Schicchi for Los Angeles Opera alongside Placido Domingo, and title role Falstaff for Arizona Opera.
On the concert platform, highlights include Timur Turandot in concert with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, Dottore Grenvil La traviata with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Ninth Symphony with the Orange County Philharmonic Society, and appearances with Israeli Symphony and California Philharmonic orchestras. Conductors and directors Colclough has collaborated with include James Conlon, Edward Gardner, Ramon Tebar, Richard Jones, Woody Allen and Daniel Kramer.
Colclough began his career at the Los Angeles Opera, appearing with the company in various roles including Bosun Billy Budd, before joining Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Studio and subsequently becoming a Filene Young Artist at the Wolf Trap Opera Company. During this time Colclough also covered the title role Falstaff for both San Francisco Opera and Los Angeles Opera.
Bosun Billy Budd
Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia
Bottom A Midsummer Night’s Dream*
Title role Don Pasquale
Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor
Capulet/Frère Laurent Roméo et Juliette
Don Giovanni / Leporello Don Giovanni
Figaro Le nozze di Figaro
Schlemil/Wolfram Les contes d’Hoffmann
Schaunard La bohème
Imperial Commissioner Madame Butterfly
Jack Rance La fanciulla del West
Simone Gianni Schicchi
Rambaldo La rondine
Mandarin / Timur Turandot
Lieutenant Gordon Silent Night
Mr. Lindquist / Carl-Magnus, Malcolm/Fredrik Egerman A Little Night Music
Title role Sweeney Todd
Second Soldier Salome
First Nazarene Salome
Nick Shadow The Rake’s Progress
Samuel Un ballo in maschera
Title role Falstaff
Dottor Grenvil La traviata
Alberich Das Rheingold*
Kurwenal Tristan und Isolde
Title role Der fliegende Holländer*
New York Times, June 2016
Craig Colclough brought a manic brilliance…that might be called pioneering.
Jewish Chronicle, June 2016
Craig Colclough sang Kurwenal never less than magnificently. The huge ovation… was no surprise and entirely deserved.