- The Capital Times
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 Arizona Opera and the Munich Philharmonic, Cavaliere di Belfiore in Un giorno di regno with Sarasota Opera, and Escamillo in Carmen with Opera Lyra Ottawa. In the 2014-15 season Corey debuted the title role of Sweeney Todd with Madison Opera, sang Marcello inLa bohème with Opera on the James, Scarpia in Tosca with the New Philharmonic, Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen with Opera Naples, the Sacristan in Tosca with the Detroit Symphony, and Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love with Finger Lakes Opera. The 2015-2016 season includes the reprise of his celebrated Sweeney Todd with Opera Roanoke, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly with Dayton Opera, Guglielmo inCosì fan tutte with Sarasota Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Handel’s Messiah with Augustana College.
In the 2011-2012 season, under the baton of 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 Giovanniand 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.
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.).