In Review: Irvin and Peterson in Madison Opera's "Salome"
Craig Irvin brings a vibrant sound and commitment to character to a wide variety of repertoire. Opera News has praised his “rich, resonant baritone” while the Dallas Morning News has noted his “truly commanding baritone.” In the busy 2022-2023 season, Mr. Irvin makes his role debut as Jochanaan with Madison Opera, makes his role debut as Older Thompson in Glory Denied with Knoxville Opera and Permian Basin Opera, returns to The Atlanta Opera as Maximillian in Candide, sings The Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods with Tulsa Opera, and bows with New West Symphony in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
The 2021-2022 season brought reprises of one of his signature roles - The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance at both Atlanta Opera and Utah Symphony and Opera, and brought him to Orchestra Iowa for Handel’s Messiah and the Cincinnati May Festival for Candide.
During the COVID-affected 2019 and 2020 seasons, Mr. Irvin appeared in concert with Omaha Symphony, and was slated to appear as the title role in Sweeney Todd at Utah Festival Opera and Music Theater, Marcello in La boheme at Atlanta Opera, in Carmina Burana with San Antonio Symphony. The 2018-2019 season brought the revival of his Dan Packard in Dinner at Eight with the Wexford Festival, Lt. Horstmayer in Silent Night with Austin Opera, Valentin in Faust with Opera Omaha, and Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with the Portland Symphony.