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Colin Campbell (Baritone)

Born: London, England

The English baritone, Colin Campbell, studied at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Colin Campbell has appeared as a concert soloist throughout the UK, and also in numerous festivals on the continent, the USA and the Far East. His discography includes recordings on the Hyperion, Decca, Guild, Naxos, Philips and Deutsche Grammaphon labels.

Colin Campbellís operatic rôles include Escamillo in Carmen, Tarquinius in Rape of Lucretia, Marcello in La Bohème, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly and Figaro in Il Barbiere for Opera East; Papageno in Magic Flute and Silvio in I Pagliacci for Surrey Opera; Apollo in Alceste and Berardo in Riccardo Primo (George Frideric Handel) for English Bach Festival at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor for English Touring Opera; Malatesta in Don Pasquale, The Father in Hansel and Gretel and Don Alfonso in Così fan Tutte for Opera Brava; Count Almaviva in Marriage of Figaro, and Don Giovanni for Kent Opera Education Programme; Noye in Noyeís Fludde for Finchley Childrenís Music Group; Germont in La Traviata for Pavilion Opera and the role of Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor for New Sussex Opera.

Concert engagements include Cold Genius in Purcellís King Arthur with the Gabrieli Consort & Players; Tavenerís Apocalypse in Athens with the City of London Sinfonia; the arias in J.S. Bachís St John Passion (BWV 245) with Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert; Thea Musgraveís Wild Winter with the viol consort Fretwork and appearances with The Kingís Consort in Purcell programmes at the Wigmore Hall and at the BBC Proms. Under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Colin Campbell has sung the bass solos in Monteverdiís Vespers in Cremona and Milan and the Voice of Christ in Tavenerís The World is Burning, recorded by Philips Classics.

Colin Campbell has also performed Messiah in Israel and Poland; L.v. Beethovenís Leonore at the Lincoln Center New York, the Salzburg Festival and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw; Mozartís Requiem in Santiago de Compostela; G.F. Handelís Atalanta at the Halle Festival; Christus in J.S. Bachís St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) in Tampere, Finland; Felix Mendelssohnís Elijah at the Trondheim Festival, Norway; Johannes Brahmsí Requiem at Symphony Hall, Birmingham; J.S. Bachís B Minor Mass (BWV 232) in Japan and Korea; G.F. Handelís Judas Maccabaeus in Vilnius, Lithuania with Nicholas McGegan and Georg Philipp Telemannís Die Grossmut with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Magdeburg, Germany.

In London Colin Campbell has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra and King's College Choir Cambridge in Ralph Vaughan Williamsí Fantasia on Christmas Carols; at the Queen Elisabeth Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Edward Elgarís Dream of Gerontius and at Westminster Cathedral with the Bach Choir and the English Chamber Orchestra in Gabriel Fauréís Requiem. He has also performed and recorded the rôles of Saint Denis/La Voix du Christ in Marcel Dupréís cantata La France au Calvaire to critical acclaim.

Colin Campbell created the role of Herod in Nigel Shortís opera The Dream of Herod and subsequently performed the work in Switzerland, Bermuda and the UK. He has recently performed Don Giovanni, and Germont in Traviata for Opera a la Carte and also revived the role of Herod as well as the role of Renato in Masked Ball for Surrey Opera.

Source: Academy of Ancient Music Website (2010-2011)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2010)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Ralph Allwood


BWV 232

John Eliot Gardiner


Member of Monteverdi Choir:
BCP Vol. 1:
BWV 75, BWV 39, BWV 20
BCP Vol. 3: CD-1:
BWV 71; CD-2: BWV 131, BWV 93, BWV 88

Peter Macdonald


BWV 68

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Colin Campbell - Baritone (AAM)


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