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Michael Colvin

Tenor

  • Highly in demand on the most prestigious stages throughout Canada, the USA and Europe, Irish-Canadian tenor Michael Colvin has garnered critical acclaim for his appearances as Duke of Cornwall in new productions of Reimann’s Lear at Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Maggio Musicale di Fiorentino and Salzburg Festival; Rodolphe in a new production of Guillaume Tell and Bardolfo Falstaff at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; The Witch Hansel and Gretel at the Canadian Opera Company; Herod Salome at English National Opera and Northern Ireland Opera; Bob Boles and the title role in Peter Grimes, and Painter/Second Client in William Kentridge’s acclaimed production of Lulu - both at English National Opera; and Monostatos Die Zauberflöte with Canadian Opera Company.

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  • In the 2021/22 season, Colvin returns to the Royal Opera House and the Canadian Opera Company as Monostatos Die Zauberflöte; and to the Opéra National de Paris as Don Basilio Le Nozze di Figaro under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. Looking further ahead, Colvin continues his collaboration with Opéra National de Paris and also makes company debuts with Teatro all Scala, Milan and Teatro Real, Madrid.


    Closely associated with English National Opera, his appearances with the company include Herod in a new production of Salome; Arturo in David Alden’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor; Painter/Second Client Lulu; Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream; the title role of Peter Grimes and Goro Madama Butterfly. At home in Canada he was seen as Dr Caius Falstaff; Basilio Le Nozze di Figaro and the Witch Hansel and Gretel, all with Canadian Opera Company. Other engagements include Cornwall in Reimann’s Lear at Opéra National de Paris and Teatro Maggio Musicale di Fiorentino; Laios in Enescu’s Oedipe and Cornwall Lear at the Salzburg Festival; Rodolphe Guillaume Tell and Bardolfo Falstaff at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; L'Aumonier Dialogues des Carmélites for Dutch National Opera; and Jaquino Fidelio with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie in Lyon and Paris. A fine Britten interpreter, he has performed to great acclaim the role of Bob Boles Peter Grimes at English National Opera; the Enescu Festival; Opera de Oviedo; Vlaamse Opera; with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski; and Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Sir Antonio Pappano.


    Recent concert engagements include Shepherd Oedipus Rex at the Edinburgh International Festival; a recital with Scottish Opera as part of their Sir Walter Scott and Opera series; Beethoven Missa Solemnis for the Richard Eaton Singers of Edmonton; Mahler Das Lied von der Erde for Louisville Orchestra; Handel Messiah with National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Seattle Symphony, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Haydn Creation with New Mexico Symphony; Schubert Mass in A Flat at Festival Vancouver; Beethoven Symphony No.9 with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec; Elgar Dream of Gerontius; Haydn Die Schöpfung and Verdi Requiem for the Elora Festival.

    2021/22 season / 472 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Season highlights

Duke of Cornwall King Lear
Salzburg Festival


Monostatos The Magic Flute
Canadian Opera Company


Thomas Scott Louis Riel
Canadian Opera Company and National Arts Centre Canada

Opera repertoire

Aribert Reimann
Duke of Cornwall King Lear

Britten
Peter Quint Turn of the Screw
Title role & Bob Boles Peter Grimes
Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia
Johnny Inkslinger Paul Bunyan


Chabrier
Le Roi Ouf L’étoile


Handel
Acis Acis and Galatea
Jupiter Semele
Grimoaldo Rodelinda
Hyllus Hercules


Heggie
Father Grenville Dead Man Walking


Mozart
Monostatos Die Zauberflöte
Ottavio Don Giovanni
Tito La clemenza di Tito
Title role Idomeneo
Belfiore La finta giardiniera 


Puccini
Goro Madama Butterfly
Pong Turandot
Spoletta Tosca
Tinca Il tabarro 


Purcell
The Fairy Queen
The Tempest

Rossini
Rodolphe Guillaume Tell

Strauss
Narraboth & Herod Salome 


Stravinsky
Title role Oedipus Rex


Verdi
Cassio Otello
Dr Caius Falstaff
Gastone La traviata 


Wagner
Mime Siegfried 

Concert repertoire

Bach
Magnificat
Mass in B minor
St John Passion
St Matthew Passion
Christmas Oratorio 


Brahms
Liebeslieder Walzer
Neue Liebeslieder Walzer   


Beethoven
Adelaide
An die ferne Geliebte
Symphony No. 9
Mass in C 


Britten
War Requiem
Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Canticles I to IV
Sechs Hölderlin Fragmente 


Charpentier
Messe de Minuit pour Noël


Dvořák
Stabat Mater


Elgar
The Dream of Gerontius


Gounod
St Cecila’s Mass


Handel
Acis and Galatea
Judas Maccabaeus
Israel in Egypt
Messiah
Messiah (arr. Mozart)
Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day 


Hatzis
Everlasting Light
Kyrie


Haydn
The Creation
The Seasons
Mass in C minor
Nelson Mass


Mahler / Schönberg
Das Lied von der Erde


Mendelsson
Elijah 
Lobgesang 


Mozart
Requiem
Coronation Mass
Mass in C minor
Regina Caeli


Pärt
Passio


Quilter
Seven Elizabethan Lyrics


Respighi
Lauda per la natività del Signore 


Rossini
Stabat Mater
Petite Messe Solennelle


Schubert
Die schöne Müllerin
Mass in A flat
Mass in B flat
Mass in E flat


Schumann
Dichterliebe


Stravinsky
Oedipus Rex
Cantata
In Memoriam Dylan Thomas


Vaughan Williams
On Wenlock Edge
Serenade to Music 


Verdi
Requiem

Michael Colvin’s rich lyrical tenor evoked the sinister cruelty of Rodolphe, Gelser’s commander.

Opera Today

It all sounds terrific… Michael Colvin’s Herod is more lyrical than many and thus nastier than most.

Guardian

I thought Michael Colvin was without doubt the best Bob Boles I have heard and seen.

Seen and Heard International

Intermusica represents Michael Colvin worldwide, excluding Canada and North America, in association with MWA Management

Maria Mot
Director, MWA Management (in association with Intermusica)
+44 7747 487997
maria@mwamanagement.com

Charlotte Firth
Associate Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9922
cfirth@intermusica.co.uk

Samuel Robinson
Assistant Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 3929 9669
srobinson@intermusica.co.uk

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Clarinet

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HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles