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, Colvin 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 Peter Quint Turn of the Screw, Male Chorus Rape of Lucretia, Mayor Upfold Albert Herring, Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Red Whiskers Billy Budd.
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 made 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 returned to Canadian Opera Company as Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro.