Craig Colclough, Kai Rüütel & Michael Colvin star in Christof Waltz's Falstaff at Opera Vlaanderen
Craig Colclough makes his debut at Opera Vlaanderen on 13 December 2017 singing the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff. Conducted by Tomáš Netopil and directed by Christoph Waltz, the cast for this new production also includes Intermusica's Kai Rüütel as Meg Page and Michael Colvin as Dr Caius alongside Johannes Martin Kränzle as Ford and Julien Behr as Fenton.
Colclough has previously sung this role to great success for Arizona Opera, receiving the following praise from critics:
“Bass-baritone Craig Colclough sang with excellent diction and a skilfully controlled voice all evening. He interpreted his role visually with exquisite comic timing and aurally with a wide range of dynamics and luminous bronzed vocal tones. His was a moving and sympathetic, but broadly drawn, portrayal of the fat knight.”
Opera Today, April 2016
“Colclough is… the undisputed star of the show, mixing expert slapstick with virtuosic renditions of arias about the joys of alcohol, the uselessness of 'honour' and the virile power of his own bulging belly.”
Arizona Republic, April 2016
Falstaff performances take place throughout December in Antwerp, moving to Gent in January with the final performance on 20 January.
Further highlights this season for Colclough include his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Pistola Falstaff, with recent highlights including Scarpia Tosca for English National Opera and the Canadian Opera Company.
Craig Colclough sings Scarpia in Tosca with Canadian Opera Company
Craig Colclough travels to Canada this month to sing the role of Scarpia in the Canadian Opera Company production of Puccini Tosca from 7 May. Keri-Lynn Wilson’s production is conducted by Paul Curran.
In October, Colclough made his role debut as Scarpia in Catherine Malfitano’s production for English National Opera under the baton of Oleg Caetani. His performance received critical acclaim:
“By far the most interesting voice was Craig Colclough’s Scarpia. In Act Two, he found a cutting-edge timbre and richness of tone"
Classical Source, October 2016
"Craig Colclough’s excellent characterisation makes Scarpia’s menacing of the hapless Tosca more sinister than usual… A fine revival of ENO’s 2010 Tosca, featuring Craig Colclough's memorable, menacing Scarpia"
The Stage, October 2016
"With his strong, secure and warm bass-baritone he delivers a compelling performance"
Music OMH, October 2016
Tosca runs from 7 to 20 May.
New signing Craig Colclough returns to English National Opera as Scarpia in Tosca
Intermusica is delighted to welcome American bass-baritone Craig Colclough for European management.
Colclough returns to English National Opera for another role debut; Scarpia Tosca in a production directed by Catherine Malfitano and conducted by Oleg Caetani. Opening on 3 October, performances run until 3 December. Click here for full details.
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.
Further highlights this season include Scarpia Tosca for the Canadian Opera Company. He also performs the roles of Doristo L'arbore di Diana for Minnesota Opera and the title role of Falstaff for Opera Saratoga. In future seasons, Colclough makes his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at Vlaamse Opera.
Colclough’s recent highlights have included his 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.