Following a number of critically acclaimed role debuts, including Kurwenal in a new production of Tristan und Isolde at English National Opera, American bass-baritone Craig Colclough is rapidly establishing himself as one of the most energetically imaginative singers of his generation, with captivating stage presence. Highlights in 2016/17 include his role debut as Scarpia Tosca for English National Opera, a role he reprises later in the season for the Canadian Opera Company. He will also perform the roles of Doristo L'arbore di Diana for Minnesota Opera and the title role Falstaff for Opera Saratoga. In future seasons, Colclough will make his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at Vlaamse Opera.
Colclough’s recent highlights have included his role debut as Kurwenal in a new production of Tristan und Isolde at English National Opera under the baton of Edward Gardner, Simone Gianni Schicchi for Los Angeles Opera alongside Placido Domingo, title role Falstaff for Arizona Opera, Oroveso Norma for Florida Grand Opera, his European debut as Jack Rance La Fanciulla del West for English National Opera, Figaro Le nozze di Figaro for Atlanta Opera and Lieutenant Gordon Silent Night for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
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, Gerald Finzi, 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.