From: Claremont, California. LA Opera: Guccio in Gianni Schicchi (2008, debut); 11 roles to date including Monterone in Rigoletto (2018); Father in Hansel and Gretel (2018). He will return as a soloist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion (2022). He is a 2021 recipient of the Eva and Marc Stern Artist Award.
Following his notable role debut as Alberich in Das Rheingold with the Tiroler Festspiele Erl during the summer of 2021, bass-baritone Craig Colclough begins the 2021/22 season with his debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago, singing the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth. Further ahead in the season, he returns to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Monterone in a new production of Rigoletto, and to his home company of LA Opera, who named him a 2021 recipient of the Eva and Marc Stern Artist Award, for performances of the St. Matthew Passion. Additionally, he reprises the role of Alberich in Das Rheingold with Nashville Opera later in the spring. Future seasons include a return to the Metropolitan Opera, returns to Tiroler Festspiele Erl and his debut with the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
During the COVID-19 impacted 2020/21 season, his original schedule included appearances with Washington National Opera (debut) and the LA Philharmonic in the role of Henry Kissinger in Nixon in China (cancelled), Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde with Opera Vlaanderen (cancelled), and Amonasro in Aida for his return toLA Opera (cancelled).
Craig Colclough began the 2019/20 season with his Metropolitan Opera debut as the title role of Macbeth. He also performed this role with Belgium’s Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp during the summer of 2019 — bowing in further performances with the company in Ghent and Luxembourg in the autumn of 2019 — and returned to Arizona Opera for a role debut as Bishop Dyer in Riders of the Purple Sage. Engagements originally scheduled before the COVID-19 shortened season include his role debut as Don Pizarro in Fidelio touring with Gustavo Dudamel and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra to Barcelona, Dortmund, and Luxembourg (cancelled), as well as his return toLA Opera for the title role in The Marriage of Figaro (postponed).
In the 2018/19 season, Craig Colclough returned to Opera Vlaanderen as Telramund in Lohengrin, and LA Opera as Peter in Hansel and Gretel. He debuted with Oper Frankfurt as Fra Melitone in La Forza del Destino, and Opera Queensland as the Storyteller in A Flowering Tree .by John Adams. During the summer, he returned to the title role of Don Pasquale with the Berkshire Opera Festival.
Mr. Colclough’s 2017/18 season included significant debuts with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Pistola in Falstaff, Opera Vlaanderen as Falstaff in Falstaff (directed by Oscar-winning actor Christoph Waltz), Boston Lyric Opera as Hare in the world premiere of Burke and Hare by Julian Grant, and Dallas Opera as Peter Vogel in Korngold's Der Ring des Polykrates. He also made returns to Minnesota Opera as the title role in Don Pasquale, Arizona Opera as Donner in Das Rheingold, and LA Opera as Monterone in Rigoletto.
The autumn of 2016 found Craig Colclough’s return to London for Scarpia in Tosca with English National Opera, a role which served as his debut at Canadian Opera Company later in the season. He also joined the Minnesota Opera for Doristo in L’Arbore di Diana, and spent the summer singing the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff with Opera Saratoga.
In the 2015/16 season Mr. Colclough’s performances included appearances with Arizona Opera as the title role in Falstaff and with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela for Timur in Turandot, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Additionally, he returned to English National Opera for his role debut of Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde, and LA Opera for Simone in Gianni Schicchi. On the concert stage, he debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Dottore Grenvil in La Traviata.
In the 2014/15 season, Craig Colclough made his European debut with English National Opera as Jack Rance in The Girl of the Golden West, returned to LA Opera for concert performances of Hercules v. Vampires (roles of God of Evil and Procrustes), and also debuted with Atlanta Opera as Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, as well as Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Lieutenant Gordon in Silent Night by Kevin Puts.
During the 2013/14 season, the bass-baritone essayed the title role in Don Pasquale at the Arizona Opera, covered the title role in Falstaff for both San Francisco Opera and LA Opera, and appeared as the Bosun in Billy Budd at LA Opera. In concert, Mr. Colcough appeared with the Orange County Philharmonic Society for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
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