Baritone

As a singer, Colin is known principally as a character baritone, having worked for many years with companies such as Garsington Opera, Opera Restor’d, The London Savoyards, The New Savoyards, Opera Interludes, Country Opera etc.

His roles have included Sempronio (Lo Speziale), Don Alfonso (Cosi fan Tutte), Geronimo (Il Matrimonio Segreto), Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Major General (Pirates of Penzance in Beijing, China), The Judge (Trial by Jury), Benoit/Alcindoro (La Boheme), Apollonia (La Cantarina), Don Carissimo (La Dirindina), Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Fabrizio (La Gaza Ladra), Old Gubbins (The Dragon of Wantley), Filippo (La Gazzetta), Pausanias (Une Education Manqué), Uberto (La Serva Padrona), The Count (Le Nozze di Figaro) and many more.

In 2011, Colin appeared as Sir Arthur Sullivan, in All at Sixes and Sevens  at the Kings Head Theatre, Islington. In the play, written by Timothy Knapman, Colin both sang and played the piano in a warm-hearted look at the relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan.

Colin has performed much contemporary music with groups such as the London Sinfonietta, Phoenix and New Chamber Opera. One of Colin’s signature roles is the soloist in Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, a role he has performed with various groups in the UK and Europe. In 1997. he sang the role of Gunn in Eddie McGuire’s new opera Helen of Braemore.

On the concert platform, he has appeared with the Britten Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Southern Camerata (under David Hill), L’Orchestre National de Picardie and L’Orchestre National de Lille, to mention just a few.

As a recitalist, Colin performs with accompanists such as Christopher Glynn and Christopher Weston.

Colin has sung frequently on BBC Radios Two and Three, and has made several CDs; most recently appearing as Bass soloist in Bach’s St John Passion (Naxos).

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