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 2017/18 season include his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Pistola (Falstaff), Peter Vogel (Der Ring des Polykrates) for Dallas Opera, Count Monterone (Rigoletto) for LA Opera and Donner (Das Rheingold) for Arizona Opera.
Colclough’s recent highlights have included Scarpia (Tosca) for English National Opera and the Canadian Opera Company, Doristo (L’arbore di Diana) for Minnesota Opera, 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, 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.