Making frequent featured role appearances with the Glyndebourne Festival, English National Opera and Covent Garden, Colin Judson has quickly established himself as a noteworthy tenor. Colin debuted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Pang (Turandot) and has subsequently returned for Vogelgesang (Die Meistersinger) (conducted by Pappano) and Monostatos in the David McVicar production of Die Zauberflöte. For Glyndebourne Festival, his roles have included Squeak in Billy Budd (Elder), Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger (Jurowski), Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro (Ticciati), Remendado in Carmen (Jordan), Pásek in The Cunning Little Vixen (Jurowski) and Bardolfo in Falstaff (Elder), as well as 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 (Brabbins), Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro 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 (Corti) at the Edinburgh Festival, Rustighello in Lucrezia Borgia and Mime in Siegfried for Longborough Festival. Outside of the UK, highlights include Mime in Siegfried in Lisbon (Letonja), Strasbourg (Flor) and for Finnish National Opera in Helsinki (Segerstam), 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 (Ono). Colin has appeared regularly for Oper der Stadt Köln where his roles have included Hirt/Junger Seeman in Tristan und Isolde, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, Spoletta in Tosca and Goro in Madama Butterfly.
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.
Recent engagements include The High Priest in Akhnaten for English National Opera, Vogelgesang in Die Meistersinger, Schoolmaster in Cunning Little Vixen at the Glyndebourne Festival, as well as the Witch of Endor in Saul for Glyndebourne on Tour. Mr. Judson continues his 2017 season with Sellem in The Rake’s Progress in the co-production between Caen, Reims, Rouen, Limoges and Luxembourg, as well as Kuzka in Khovanshchina with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Semyon Bychkov at the BBC Proms. In the Fall he appears with Toulon as Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte and Goro in Madama Butterfly and will make his North American debut as Laca in Jenufa with Pacific Opera Victoria. In 2018, Colin appears with ENO and Garsington Opera.
|Berg||Der Prinz/ Kammerdiener/ Der Marquis||LULU|
|Britten||Male Chorus||THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA|
|Flute/Snout||A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM|
|Mozart||Ferrando||COSÌ FAN TUTTE|
|Pedrillo||ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL|
|Don Basilio||LE NOZZE DI FIGARO|
|Monostatos/First Priest/Tamino||DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE|
|Purcell||Aeneas||DIDO AND AENEAS|
|Prokofiev||Truffaldino||LOVE OF THREE ORANGES|
|Rossini||Coryphee||LE COMTE D’ORY|
|Isaac||LA GAZZA LADRA|
|Almaviva||IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA|
|Strauss, R.||Herod/Third Jew||SALOME|
|Sullivan||Frederic||THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE|
|Hirt/Junge Seeman||TRISTAN UND ISOLDE|
|Beethoven||Symphony No. 9|
|Britten||Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings|
|Butterworth||A Shropshire Lad|
|Elgar||Dream of Gerontius|
|Finzi||Till Earth Outwears|
|A Young Man’s Exhortation|
|Liederkreise Op. 39|
|Vaughan Williams||All Song Cycles|
|On Wenlock Edge|
|Songs of Travel|
“There was a decided thrust to Colin Judson’s Snout…] [Glyndebourne Festival, A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
Opera, Yehuda Shapiro
“By far the most accomplished of this cast is Colin Judson, who has already sung Mime in David McVicar’s Siegfried in Strasbourg…and it showed. This was the most completely thought-through, incisively sun and word perfect individual performance on stage, fit for any theatre in the world.” [Longborough Festival Opera, Siegfried]
Sunday Times, Hugh Canning
“Just as impressive was Colin Judson’s Mime, absolutely top-world-class. He seemed to have taken ‘vater und mutter zugleich’ as his springboard, sporting two aprons, one masculine-blacksmith, the other feminine-housewife – he could swap gender at the drop of a semiquaver, really unsettling. This riveting, well-sung impersonation, half malevolent, half strangely sympathetic, forever teetering on the edge of madness reminded you that Mime is one of Wagner’s most dazzlingly brilliant creations.”
Opera Magazine, Rodney Miles
“…Colin Judson’s clarion tenor shines as both the Schoolmaster and, briefly, a bloodlust-crazed Mosquito, eyeing up Hrůša for juiciness…” [Glyndebourne, Cunning Little Vixen] The Guardian, Erica Jeal
“There was much to appreciate already about Colin Judson’s school master, quietly dignified even when keeling over drunk.” [Glyndebourne, Cunning Little Vixen]
Opera, Christopher Webber
“Aux côtés du Mime éblousissant et désopilant de Colin Judson, qui campe avec delectation une sorte de gnome électrique monté sur resorts, contrefaisant sa voix de tenor sans jamais tomber dans la vulgarité avec en prime une diction impeccable, il forme le couple qui domine le spectacle…”
“Colin Judson absolument prodigieux en Mime qui semble se régaler des jeux de scène où il montre avec une drôlerie irrésistible…” [Opéra National du Rhin, Siegfried] Forum Opera, Pierre-Emmanuel Lephay
“So verleigt Colin Judon dem Mime einen marknten Charaktertenor mit den Schärfen, Kanten und Ecken, die man so liebt an dieser Antihelden-Figur.”
“Gloria’s husband Chester was brilliantly characterized by Colin Judson. He was a totally convincing homophobic slob, finally won over by his new gay spouse, Darryl. As usual, with the opera so very short, it seemed hard for the characters to develop convincingly, but Judson did exceptionally well, and was also the strongest singer in the cast. Even his homophobic moments were sensitively done, and it was clear that he was more ignorant than actually nasty. Once he as been educated by Darryl, his attitudes had changed, but there was still enough of the old Chester to make him seem like the same person.”
“New Sussex Opera this season celebrated its 25th anniversary with an illuminating production of Lucia di Lammermoor….partnered by the Edgardo of Colin Judson who brought an ardour and intensity to their duet and dramatic thrust to his singing in the Wolf’s Crag scene with Enrico, revealing a good command of Donizettian style. He sang Edgardo’s final aria with beautifully shaded expression.
Opera, Margaret Davies
The Dance Continued from A Young Man’s Exhortation Op. 14 by Gerald Finzi.
Richard Black plays the piano
I Have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope by Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Snow aria from Cunning Little Vixen by Janacek
The Auction Scene from The Rake’s Progress by Igor Stravinsky, part 1
Part 2 of the Auction Scene
Colin Judson sings the role of Laca in Jenufa with Pacific Opera Victoria. Performances run October 12 – 22, 2017 http://www.pov.bc.ca
ENO’s production of Akhnaten recently won an Olivier Award for Best New Production. Tenor Colin Judson appeared as The High Priest of Amon in this production.
Colin Judson appears as Kuzka in Mussorgsky’s Khovanschina for the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall on August 6 2017.