Baritone Corey Crider is an alumnus of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center and recently returned to the company as Malatesta in Don Pasquale. Additional recent highlights include Marcello in La bohème with the Munich Philharmonic and Arizona Opera, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly with Dayton Opera, and Escamillo in Carmen with Lyric Opera of Kansas City. The 2018-2019 season saw him as Dancaïro in Carmen with The Dallas Opera, the Captain in Florencia en el Amazonas with Pensacola Opera, Germont in La Traviata with Opera on the James, and Lancelot in Camelot with Charlottesville Opera. His 2019-2020 season includes returns to Opera Roanoke as Tonio in Pagliacci and The Dallas Opera as Prince Affron in The Golden Cockerel.


Corey's 2017-2018 season included Escamillo in Carmen with Madison Opera, Germont in La Traviata with Opera at DuPage, a return to Opera Roanoke as Marcello in La bohème, and an appearance with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra for Belshazzar’s Feast. In the 2016-2017 season, he added two important roles to his repertoire: Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff (Opera on the James) and the title role in Rigoletto (Mississippi Opera). Additionally, he sang Scarpia in Tosca with Intermountain Opera and Finger Lakes Opera, returned to Opera Roanoke to perform his acclaimed Emile DeBeque in South Pacific, and joined the Opera Company of Middlebury as Michele/Marco in Il tabarro/Gianni Schicchi. The 2015-2016 season included the reprise of his celebrated Sweeney Todd with Opera Roanoke, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly with Dayton Opera, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with Sarasota Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, joining the Detroit Symphony as the First Nazarene in Staruss’ Salome, and Handel’s Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony. Corey was also heard in recital in association with Dallas Opera and the Dallas Museum of Art, and debuted the role of Emile DeBeque in South Pacific with Ash Lawn Opera.

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"Tenor Viktor Antipenko and baritone Corey Crider sing strongly as the sons, Prince Guidon and Prince Afron, who are so dumb they get killed by their uncoordinated armies." -Dallas News

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"Corey Crider and Viktor Antipenko, as the Tsar’s pair of equally c...


"Corey Crider as the malevolent Tonio painted a complex character, full of rage as well as irony."

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"In playing Belcore, Corey Crider unleashes a rich baritone voice that's almost too profound for his character. And Crider made the most of the comedic possibilities in a soldier who loves women — a lot — but loves himself much more. Likewise, Matthew Burns delighted t...


"The unreal bloom of this affection, which seemingly appears from nowhere, is rendered wonderfully real by tenor Matthew Vickers and soprano Chelsea Bonagura. These two do more than sing well. As lovers who must turn on a dime from vulnerability and innocence to passio...


"Among the supporting cast, Corey Crider — last seen as a deliciously murderous barber in Madison Opera’s 2015 “Sweeney Todd” — acquits himself well on the iconic “Toreador” number, and wisely doesn't let the bullfighter's arrogance outshine his charisma." -The Cap Tim...

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