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Michael Colvin



Irish-Canadian tenor Michael Colvin made his Royal Opera debut in 2015 as Rodolphe (Guillaume Tell). He returns in the 2017/18 Season to sing Bardolph (Falstaff).

Colvin studied immunology before training as a singer, and now performs widely in opera and concert around the world. Engagements include Bob Boles and Peter Grimes (Peter Grimes), Goro (Madama Butterfly), Red Whiskers (Billy Budd), Flute (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Painter/Second Client (Lulu) for English National Opera, Shepherd (Oedipus Rex) for the Edinburgh Festival, Goro for Boston Lyric Opera, Goro and Arbace (Idomeneo) for the Canadian Opera Company, Steersman (Der fliegende Holländer), Mayor Upfold (Albert Herring) and Italian Singer (Capriccio) for Pacific Opera Victoria, Bob Boles in Oviedo and Jaquino (Fidelio) with Le Cercle de L’Harmonie.

Colvin has performed in concert with leading Canadian symphony orchestras and with US orchestras such as the New Mexico Symphony and the Seattle Symphony. His concert repertory includes the Christmas Oratorio, Messiah, Dream of Gerontius and the Serenade for tenor, horn and strings. He has performed Das Lied von der Erde with the National Ballet of Canada and sung Bob Boles in concert with the Orchestra Nazionale della Accademia di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski. He appears regularly as a recitalist in Toronto, and sang for Scottish Opera in their ‘Sir Walter Scott and Opera’ recital series.