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Michael Colvin


  • Irish-Canadian tenor Michael Colvin has appeared to critical acclaim on opera and concert stages throughout Canada, the USA and Europe. His most recent role debuts include Duke of Cornwall in Reimann’s Lear at Opéra national de Paris and Salzburg Festival, his Royal Opera House debut as Rodolphe in a new production of Guillaume Tell, the title role of Peter Grimes, and Painter/Second Client in Michale Kentridge’s acclaimed production of Lulu - both at English National Opera - and Monostatos The Magic Flute with Canadian Opera Company.

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  • The 2020/21 season sees Colvin making his anticipated company debut as Cornwall Lear with Bayerische Staatsoper and was invited to return to English National Opera as Bob Boles Peter Grimes and to the Canadian Opera Company as Basilio Le Nozze di Figaro. On the concert platform he was invited to join Toronto Symphony Orchestra to perform Handel Messiah. Future seasons bring exciting returns to the Royal Opera House and Opéra national de Paris.

    Last season Colvin returned to the role of Cornwall in Lear with Paris Opera, Bob Boles in Peter Grimes at the Enescu Festival and The Witch in a Joel Ivany production of Hansel & Gretel with the Canadian Opera Company. Colvin was also invited to return to Teatro Real to perform the role of Cornwall in Lear.

    Recent engagements include a return to English National Opera - a company with which he has a strong association - as Herod in a new production of Salome and Arturo in David Alden’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor. He also makes his company debut with Opera di Firenze as Cornwall in Reimann’s Lear - conducted by Fabio Luisi, and returns to Salzburg Festival as Laios in Enescu’s Oedipe. Last season’s highlights include Bardolfo Falstaff at Royal Opera House; Bob Boles Peter Grimes for Opéra Monte-Carlo and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; and Dr Caius Falstaff in a new production by acclaimed Hollywood actor Christoph Waltz at Opera Vlaanderen; Duke of Cornwall Lear at the Salzburg Festival and for the Paris Opera; Painter/Second Client Lulu, Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the title role of Peter Grimes and Goro Madama Butterfly all at English National Opera; Dr Caius Falstaff and Thomas Scott in Harry Somers Louis Riel at the Canadian Opera Company; Rodolphe in a new production of Guillaume Tell at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, L'Aumonier Dialogues des Carmélites for Dutch National Opera; Jaquino Fidelio with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie in Lyon and Paris; and Herod Salome at Northern Ireland Opera. A fine Britten interpreter, he has performed to great acclaim the role of Bob Boles Peter Grimes at English National Opera, Opera de Oviedo, Vlaamse Opera, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, and Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Sir Antonio Pappano. Furthermore, Colvin has sung Ferrando Così fan tutte for the Canadian Opera Company, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for Chicago Opera Theater, Rodrigo La donna del lago for Garsington Opera, and Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Opera Lyra Ottawa. Other notable credits include a recording project of the works of Lysenko, a big-screen debut as Don Ottavio in the film Don Giovanni Unmasked alongside Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and recordings on the Naxos, CBC and Warner labels.

    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.

    2020/21 season / 647 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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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

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

Le Roi Ouf L’étoile

Acis Acis and Galatea
Jupiter Semele
Grimoaldo Rodelinda
Hyllus Hercules

Father Grenville Dead Man Walking

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

Goro Madama Butterfly
Pong Turandot
Spoletta Tosca
Tinca Il tabarro 

The Fairy Queen
The Tempest

Rodolphe Guillaume Tell

Narraboth & Herod Salome 

Title role Oedipus Rex

Cassio Otello
Dr Caius Falstaff
Gastone La traviata 

Mime Siegfried 

Concert repertoire

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

Liebeslieder Walzer
Neue Liebeslieder Walzer   

An die ferne Geliebte
Symphony No. 9
Mass in C 

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

Messe de Minuit pour Noël

Stabat Mater

The Dream of Gerontius

St Cecila’s Mass

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

Everlasting Light

The Creation
The Seasons
Mass in C minor
Nelson Mass

Mahler / Schönberg
Das Lied von der Erde


Coronation Mass
Mass in C minor
Regina Caeli


Seven Elizabethan Lyrics

Lauda per la natività del Signore 

Stabat Mater
Petite Messe Solennelle

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


Oedipus Rex
In Memoriam Dylan Thomas

Vaughan Williams
On Wenlock Edge
Serenade to Music 


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.


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

Seen and Heard International

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Director, MWA Management (in association with Intermusica)
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Associate Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9922

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Assistant Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
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