British tenor Colin Judson makes his North American debut as Laca in Pacific Opera Victoria's October 2017 production of Janáček's Jenůfa
Colin's 2017/18 season also includes Goro in Madama Butterfly and Monostatos in The Magic Flute in Toulon, and Don Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro for English National Opera, as well as Kuzka in Khovanshchina with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Semyon Bychkov at the BBC Proms. Recent engagements include Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger and Schoolmaster in The Cunning Little Vixen at the Glyndebourne Festival, as well as the Witch of Endor in Saul for Glyndebourne on Tour, Sellem in The Rake's Progress in a co-production for Caen, Reims, Rouen, Limoges and Luxembourg and The High Priest in Akhnaten for English National Opera.
Making frequent featured role appearances with the Glyndebourne Festival, English National Opera and Covent Garden, Colin has quickly established himself as a noteworthy tenor. He debuted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Pang (Turandot) and has subsequently returned for Vogelgesang (Die Meistersinger) and Monostatos in the David McVicar production of Die Zauberflöte.
For Glyndebourne Festival, his roles have included Squeak in Billy Budd, Vogelgesang, Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, Remendado in Carmen, Pásek in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Bardolfo in Falstaff, as well as the Witch in Hänsel und Gretel for Glyndebourne on tour. For English National Opera he has sung numerous roles including Third Jew in Salome, Timorous/Lord Lechery/Messenger in The Pilgrim’s Progress, Don Basilio, and Tchekalinsky in Queen of Spades. Further roles have included Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera North as well as Sellem in The Rake’s Progress for Scottish Opera, Nick in La fanciulla del West at the Edinburgh Festival, Rustighello in Lucrezia Borgia and Mime in Siegfried for Longborough Festival.
Outside the UK, highlights include Mime in Lisbon, Strasbourg, and for Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Teatro Real, Madrid, Don Curzio for Der Nationale Opera, Amsterdam, Truffaldino in L’Amour des trois oranges in Limoges and Bob Boles in Peter Grimes for Opéra de Lyon. Colin has also appeared regularly for Oper der Stadt Köln where his roles have included Monostatos, Goro, Hirt/Junger Seeman in Tristan und Isolde, and Spoletta in Tosca.
Concert engagements include the Verdi Requiem (Hereford Cathedral), Haydn’s Nelson Mass (Brighton Festival), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Britten’s War Requiem at the Megaron in Athens. Colin also recently performed in a Pavarotti memorial concert for the Italian Society in Edinburgh & Glasgow.
... By far the most accomplished of this cast is Colin Judson, who had already sung Mime in David McVicar’s Siegfried in Strasbourg -- and it showed. This was the most completely thought-through, incisively sung and word perfect individual performance on stage, fit for any theatre in the world…
Hugh Canning, Sunday Times, Review of Siegfried with Longborough Festival Opera, 2011
Colin Judson’s Monostatos, not the ‘wicked Moor’ of the libretto but a slippery lecher, was nimble, both vocally and on his feet.
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack.com, Review of Die Zauberflöte with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, 2015