Irish-Canadian tenor Michael Colvin has appeared to critical acclaim on opera and concert stages throughout Canada, the USA, UK and Europe. His most recent role debuts include Der Steuermann Der Fliegende Holländer (Pacific Opera Victoria), Narraboth Salome (Manitoba Opera) and Goro Madama Butterfly (English National Opera). A fine Britten interpreter he has performed to great acclaim the roles of Bob Boles Peter Grimes, Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Red Whiskers Billy Budd. For opera companies such as English National Opera and Opera de Oviedo.
Michael Colvin Canadian tenor
Further performances have included Ferrando Cosi fan tutte for the Canadian Opera Company. 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. Further roles inlcude Belfiore Il Viaggio a Reims, Tamino The Magic Flute and L’Italiana in Algeri. 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 Beethoven Missa Solemnis for the Richard Eaton Singers of Edmonton. Das Lied von der Erde for the Louisville Orchestra. Messiah with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and Seattle Symphony andThe Creation with New Mexico Symphony. Further concert engagements include Mozart Requiem for Chicago’s Grant Park Festival and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Handel Messiah and Bach Weihnachtsoratorium with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Schubert Mass in A Flat at the Festival Vancouver, Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the 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 the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Mendelssohn Elijah with the Ulster Orchestra in 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.
Last season his engagements included 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. Colvin also appeared in Canadian Opera Company’s productions of Salome and Dialogues of the Carmelites. Concert performances included Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Haydn’s Creation with Symphony Nova Scotia. Britten Serenade with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra. Britten St. Nicholas with the Grand Philharmonic Choir. Messiah with the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.
In the 2013-14 season Michael Colvin reprises the role of Bob Boles with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome and Sir Antonio Pappano and at English National Opera. In the acclaimed revival of David Alden’s production. He also makes his French debut with Le Cercle de L’Harmonie and Jeremie Rhorer as Jacquino/Fidelio, which will be presented in Paris and several other cities in France.