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Lawrence Craig

Known for his dynamic artistry, Lawrence Craig has earned a reputation for his “Fine baritone” (New York Times) and “virtuosic talent” (Zürich Tages-Anzeiger) in Europe and the Americas in opera, concert, and recital. A student of the late internationally acclaimed bass-baritone, William Warfield, Mr. Craig is a graduate of the Florida Grand Opera and Chautauqua Opera Young Artist Programs. As winner of the Bel Canto International Opera Competition, he studied and performed with artistic staff of the famed Teatro Alla Scala.  Mr. Craig has appeared in a number of roles, but most notably as Harlequin in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Ford in Verdi’s  Falstaff, Dapertutto in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.  Companies with whom he has appeared include the Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Colorado, Opera Ebony, Florentine Opera, Fresno Grand Opera, Harlem Opera Theatre, Latvian National Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Munich Biennale Opera Festival, New York City Opera (Education Division), Opera Festival of New Jersey, Opéra de Toulon, Orlando Opera, Portland Opera Reparatory Theater, Opera Roanoke, Savonlinna International Opera Festival, Trilogy Opera, Virginia Opera, and the Spoleto Opera Festival USA.       
Most recently, not only was Mr. Craig triumphant in his directorial debut for the Albanian National Opera’s season opener, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, he also appeared in the cast as Sportin’ Life. This performance marked the premiere of Gershwin’s music in the country of Albania. He also appeared with L’opéra de Toulon as Henry Davis in Street Scene, Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess with the Virginia Opera and in jewel box presentation with the Buck Hill-Skytop Music Festival. He also made his Broadway debut in Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème on Broadway as well as appearing in the American premiere of Kurt Weill’s Die Bürgschaft with the Spoleto Festival USA (recorded for EMI Classics), Latvian National Opera as Escamillo in a concert version of Bizet’s Carmen, Fresno Grand Opera as Jake in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Other contemporary American opera appearances include Ain’s The Outcast, Argento’s Postcard from Morocco, Baur’s The Promise, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Davis’s X, León’s The Scourge of Hyacinths, Mechem’s John Brown, Menotti’s The Medium and Amahl and the Night Visitors, Raphael’s Nat Turner, Susa’s Transformations, Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts, Xiang’s Beautiful Warrior, and as Cristobal in Sierra’s opera for the Broadway Theater Terra Incognita.

A wonderful highlight of the season was the opportunity to sing as part of the concert to honor President Barak Obama’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize and as Sportin’ Life for the 75th Anniversary Concert to honor Porgy and Bess. Recent concert appearances include Cabaret Concerts with famed Off Broadway composer Jimmy Roberts for the Buck Hill-Skytop Music Festival, Iago in Verdi's Othello with the Music Division of Martin University, Music Sharing from New York in Hiroshima, Kobe and Yannai, Japan, and Iago in a concert version of Verdi's Othello with the Music Division of Martin University, Elijah with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day tributes with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra and guest appearance for the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, Symphonic Orchestra of Chile for Copland’s Old American Songs, the George Enescu Bucharest Philharmonic and the Athens, Greece State Orchestra in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Symphonic Orchestra of Argentina in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Dayton Philharmonic for Dett’s The Ordering of Moses, Romanian Broadcasting Corporation in J. S. Bach’s Weihnachts Oratorium, Finland’s Kainuu International Jazz and Musica Borealis Festivals for Sarmanto’s jazz lieder cycle North Country Suite, Cincinnati Pops as Walker in Gershwin’s Blue Monday and as Sportin’ Life in excerpts from Porgy and Bess (recorded for Telarc International), Austrian Broadcasting Corporation singing “Old Man River” for the motion picture Musik am Mississippi, Finland’s Savonlinna International Opera Festival for the jazz oratorio Perfect Harmony (record & video for Finlandia Records), and with the Philharmonics of Birmingham, Alabama; Mendoza, Argentina; Santiago and Concepcion, Chile; Bogotá, Colombia; Koszalin, Poland; El Paso, Texas; and Ýstanbul, Turkey in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (soprano/baritone concert). He has also appeared with the Battle Creek Symphony, Bel Canto Chorus and Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá, Cayman National Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Maryland Handel Festival, Milwaukee Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, the National Chorale and Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, New World Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida, Phoenix Symphony, ProArte Chorale and Orchestra, Santa Rosa Symphony, Vancouver Symphony. Mr. Craig is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association and the American Guild of Musical Artists.