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Corey Crider, baritone

Guglielmo, Così fan tutte

Baritone Corey Crider made his Sarasota Opera debut as the Cavaliere di Belfiore in the 2013 Winter Festival production of Verdi's rarely seen Un giorno di regno.  Lauded by Opera News for his, “rich, dark baritone; a sumptuous, steady stream as smooth as silk,” Mr. Crider is a recent alumnus of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center.  Recently, under the baton of Lorin Maazel, Mr. Crider sang the role of Bartolo in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia in Beijing, and Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen in Bari.  He was also featured as the baritone soloist in Faure’s Requiem with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, as Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with Opera on the James, and made his Nashville Opera debut as Sonora in La fanciulla del West.  In 2012, Mr. Crider will perform in concert as Marcello in Puccini’s La bohème in Munich.  In future seasons, he will make a return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Corey was recently heard at the Castleton Festival in the title role of Gianni Schicchi and as Marcello in La bohème under the baton of Lorin Maazel.  For the Lyric Opera of Chicago he has previously performed Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and Larkens in La fanciulla del West.  Also an alumnus of Florida Grand Opera’s young-artist program, Corey has been heard on their mainstage as Schaunard in La bohème and Prince Yashvin in the world premiere of Anna Karenina by David Carlson.

In addition to appearances with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra in Don Giovanni and Opera Festival di Roma as Mozart’s Figaro, Crider has been heard with the major opera companies of Omaha, Cincinnati, Nashville, and Dayton.  Nationwide he has performed a wide concert repertoire, ranging from Bach to Stravinsky.

A two-time national semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a finalist in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, Corey took fourth prize in the Florida Grand Opera Young Patronesses of the Opera Voice Competition.