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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 the title role of Peter Grimes at English National Opera, his Royal Opera House debut as Rodolphe in a new production of Guillaume Tell, Jaquino Fidelio with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie in Paris and Brussels, Herod Salome at NI Opera, Dr Caius in a new production of Falstaff at Canadian Opera Company, Der Steuermann Der Fliegende Holländer for Pacific Opera Victoria, Narraboth Salome for Manitoba Opera and Goro Madame Butterfly for English National Opera. A fine Britten interpreter, he has performed to great acclaim the role of Bob Boles Peter Grimes at ENO, Opera de Oviedo, Vlaamse Opera and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski and with Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Sir Antonio Pappano. He is also a much admired Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Red Whiskers Billy Budd and Male Chorus Rape of Lucretia.

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  • Further operatic performances have included Ferrando Così fan tutte for the Canadian Opera Company; Don Ramiro La Cenerentola for Portland Opera; Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for Chicago Opera Theater; Rodrigo La donna del lago for Garsington Opera; Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia for Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Opera Lyra Ottawa; Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Rape of Lucretia and Semele for Chicago Opera Theater; Shepherd Oedipus Rex for the Edinburgh International Festival; Goro Madame Butterfly at Boston Lyric Opera; and Mayor Upfold Albert Herring, Alfred Let’s Make an Opera and Clem The Little Sweep, all with Pacific Opera Victoria. Other 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 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; Das Lied von der Erde for Louisville Orchestra; Messiah with National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and Seattle Symphony; and Haydn’s Creation with New Mexico Symphony. Further highlights include Mozart Requiem for Chicago’s Grant Park Festival and Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Messiah and Bach Weihnachtsoratorium with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Messiah with Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Schubert Mass in A Flat at Festival Vancouver; Beethoven Symphony No.9 with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, Elora Festival and Festival de Lanuadière; Elgar Dream of Gerontius, Haydn Die Schöpfung and Verdi Requiem for the Elora Festival; Britten Serenade with Richard Bradshaw and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra; Dvorak Stabat Mater with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; Mendelssohn Elijah with Ulster Orchestra, Belfast; and Mahler Das Lied von der Erde for the National Ballet of Canada. Additional highlights include Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge and Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer for CBC Radio, and Schubert Die Schöne Müllerin at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio.

    In the 2015/16 season Michael Colvin make his company debuts with Dutch National Opera as L'Aumonier Dialogues des Carmelites, and at Opéra de Paris as the Duke of Cormwall in Aribert Reimann’s Lear. He also returns to Canadian Opera Company as Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro.

    2015-16 season / 537 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Season highlights

L'Aumonier Dialogues des Carmélites
Dutch National Opera

Duke of Cornwall Lear
Opéra National de Paris

Basilio Le nozze di Figaro
Canadian Opera Company

Opera repertoire

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

Le Roi Ouf L’étoile

Nemorino L’elisir d’amore
Ernestro Don Pasquale
Leicester Maria Stuarda
Normano / Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor

Acis Acis and Galatea
Jupiter Semele
Grimoaldo Rodelinda
Hyllus Hercules

Father Grenville Dead Man Walking

Belmonte Entführung aus dem Serail
Tamino Die Zauderflöte
Ferrando Così dan tutte
Ottavio Don Giovanni
Tito La clemenza di Tito
Title role Idomeneo
Belfiore La finta giardiniera 

Pong Turandot
Spoletta Tosca
Tinca Il tabarro

The Fairy Queen
The Tempest

Title role Oedipus Rex

Fenton Falstaff
Cassio Otello
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 


It’s all there, technique, tone and stage presence

Opera Magazine

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

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