Neil Craighead’s burgeoning career has taken him from Vancouver to Newfoundland, featured in a diverse array of opera from Puccini to Somers. Neil’s credits from Pacific Opera Victoria include their productions of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Beethoven’s Fidelio, and, most recently, their celebrated production of Dove’s Flight. Recent credits include joining the Vancouver Bach Choir for Mozart’s Requiem and Bach B Minor Mass, Orchestre Classique and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with Edmonton Opera. Neil looks forward to returning to Vancouver Opera this season for Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Highlights of past seasons include Colline in La bohème for Calgary Opera, Vancouver Opera, and the Canadian Opera Company; Handel’s Messiah with the Vancouver Bach Choir; Der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte and Zuniga in Carmen for Opéra de Québec; Scarpia in Tosca with Opera on the Avalon; and Count Ceprano in Rigoletto with the Canadian Opera Company.
Equally at home in new works, Mr. Craighead was featured in COC’s production of Louis Riel – celebrating Canada’s Sesquicentennial – and Tapestry New Opera’s premiere of Oksana G. For Against the Grain Theatre he was Leporello in Mozart’s Don Goivanni, retitled #UncleJohn. An Alumnus of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, further credits include Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte for Edmonton Opera, and the roles of Somnus and Cadmus in the COC’s Semele, which took him to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.