Baritone Craig Irvin brings a vibrant sound and commitment to character to a wide variety of repertoire. Opera News has praised his “rich, resonant baritone” while the Dallas Morning News has celebrated his “truly commanding baritone”. During the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Irvin reprises one of his signature roles, The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance at both Atlanta Opera and Utah Symphony and Opera. On the concert platform, he joins Orchestra Iowa for Handel’s Messiah and New West Symphony for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. During the COVID-affected 2019 and 2020 seasons, Mr. Irvin appeared in concert with Omaha Symphony, and was slated to appear as the title role in Sweeney Todd at Utah Festival Opera and Music Theater, Marcello in La bohème at Atlanta Opera, in Carmina burana with San Antonio Symphony, and several other cancelled or postponed engagements.
The 2018-2019 season brought the revival of his Dan Packard in Dinner at Eight with the Wexford Festival, Lt. Horstmayer in Silent Night with Austin Opera, Valentin in Faust with Opera Omaha, and Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with the Portland Symphony. The 2017-2018 season included singing Dominik and covering Mandryka in Arabella with Canadian Opera Company, Handel’s Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony, Britten’s War Requiem with Music Worchester, Stubb in Moby Dick with Utah Opera, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Opera Orlando, and Frank in Die Fledermaus with Des Moines Metro Opera.