Colin Judson studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music. Since leaving College in 1992 his operatic roles have included Remendado in “Carmen” for British Youth Opera, Frederic in “The Pirates of Penzance”, Don Basilo in “Le Nozze di Figaro”, Isaac in “La Gazza Ladra”, Conte d’Almaviva in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, Monostatos, First Priest and Tamino in “Die Zauberflöte”, Ferrando in “Così fan tutte and Aeneas in “Dido and Aeneas”.
With English Touring Opera he sang the title role in “Werther” and with Glyndebourne Festival Opera he covered the triple tenor parts of Der Prinz, Kammerdiener, Der Marquis in Graham Vick’s production of “Lulu”. He has appeared in the role of Gaston (“La Traviata”) with Glyndebourne Touring Opera in their 1997 autumn tour. He has appeared in “Carmen” at the Royal Albert Hall and in concert he performed the Verdi Requiem in Hereford Cathedral and Haydn’s “Nelson Mass” for the Brighton Festival.
With Glyndebourne Festival Opera he performed the role of Coryphee in Le Comte “D’Ory” and the same role with Glyndebourne Touring Opera. He returned to Glyndebourne Festival in 2001 to reprise the role of Andrew in Birtwistle’s “The Last Supper”, having sung the role with Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 2000 and earlier in the year in concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Last year he sang Remendado (“Carmen”) at Glyndebourne, conducted by Philippe Jordan (including a televised performance)
For Cologne Opera Colin has appeared as Hirt/Junger Seemann (“Tristan und Isolde”), Monostatos (“Die Zauberflöte”), Spoletta (“Tosca”), Venditore (“Il Tabarro”), Goro (“Madama Butterfly”) and Gaston (“La Traviata”). In 2001 he sang Pedrillo (“Die Entführung aus dem Serail”) and an acclaimed Truffaldino in “The Love of Three Oranges”.
In 2002 he made his début with Scottish Opera as Alfred in “Die Fledermaus”, returning for Borsa (“Rigoletto”) with further performances last year. Further recent highlights include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic, Britten’s “War Requiem” at the Megaron in Athens, Male Chorus (“The Rape of Lucretia”) at the Dartington International Music School and Edgardo (“Lucia di Lammermoor”) for New Sussex Opera.
His début with English National Opera was in their acclaimed production of “The Magic Flute” and last season Colin also sang Remendado at the Tenerife Opera and made his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Pang (“Turandot”), as well as returning to Scottish Opera to sing Jaquino (“Fidelio”) and L’Incredible (“Andrea Chenier”) and to ENO for “Salome” (Third Jew) and “The Magic Flute”.
Last season he performed Snout (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”) at the Teatro Real Madrid, Jaquino for Chelsea Opera Group and Remendado for Scottish Opera. Engagements this year include Mime in a new production of “Der Ring” for the Opera National du Rhin, Jaquino for the Opera National de Bordeaux and Monostatos for the Theatre du Capitole Toulouse. A series of short operas featuring Colin is currently being broadcast on BBC 2.
Engagements next season include Snout (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”) for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Linbury and Flute in the same work for Opera North. He returns to the Opera National du Rhin to sing Mime in “Siegfried” and to Glyndebourne Touring Opera to sing Dr Caius (“Falstaff”).
Colin also recently performed in a Pavarotti memorial concert for the Italian Society in Edinburgh & Glasgow.
As of July 2019