Lauded by Opera News for his, “rich, dark baritone; a sumptuous, steady stream as smooth as silk,” American baritone Corey Crider is a recent alumnus of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center. This season, Corey sings Marcello in a concert La bohème with the Munich Philharmonic, returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago to sing Malatesta in Don Pasquale, and sings Cavaliere di Belfiore in Verdi’s Un giorno di regno with Sarasota Opera. In the 2011-2012 season, under the baton of Lorin Maazel, Corey sang the role of Bartolo in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia in Beijing, and Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen in Bari, Italy. 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, the title role in Don Giovanni with the Natchez Opera Festival, and made his Nashville Opera debut as Sonora in La fanciulla del West.
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. He performed excerpts from Don Giovanni with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, having sung that opera’s title role with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. 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. He is an alumnus of the Artist Diploma program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; as well as of the University of Kentucky (M.M.) and Murray State University (B.M.).