Colin's career encompasses performing, teaching, writing and directing. As a singer,
he is known principally as a character baritone, having worked for many years with
companies such as Garsington Opera, Opera Restor'd, The New Savoyards, Opera Interludes,
Country Opera etc. Such roles have included Sempronio (Lo Speziale), Don Alfonso
(Cosi fan Tutte), Geronimo (Il Matrimonio Segreto), Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia),
Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas) to name but a few. In addition, Colin has performed much
contemporary music with groups such as the London Sinfonietta, Phoenix and New Chamber
Opera. In 2000, Colin formed Hand Made Opera with Gulliver Ralston and went on to
appear as the soloist in their production of Maxwell Davies' Eight Songs for a Mad
King, a role he has previously performed for the Oxford Contemporary Music Festival.
has sung frequently on BBC Radios Two and Three, and has made several CDs; most recently
appearing as Bass soloist in Bach's St John Passion (Naxos).
As a teacher, Colin has
had a long association with the University of Oxford, having been, for many years,
the singing teacher at New College. Now, however, he splits his teaching between
London and Umbria. He receives frequent invitations to teach around the world, and
is a visiting professor at Utah State University (USA), and on the Cisternino choral
course, Italy. He is also a director of the Scheggino Advanced Course for Singers
Colin has directed productions of Cosi fan tutte (two productions), Le
nozze di Figaro, Il Seraglio, Trial by Jury (three productions), Il barbiere di Siviglia,
L'elisir d'amore, The old maid and the thief, L'enfant et les sortileges, Riders
to the Sea, Dido and
Aeneas and Venus and Adonis.
In 2002, Colin published a book on vocal technique for
the RSCM (Voice for Life, 5) and has also been published by The Guardian, Church
Music Quarterly and The Independent. His latest book, The Student Voice, aimed at
anyone who is serious about working on their voice, is published by Dunedin Academic
Press in March 2009. (www.dunedinacademicpress.co.uk)
Based in Bologna, Italy, Nicoletta started her career as assistant to Leonard Bernstein
and made her debut with the Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia. At the Capitol
she received the prestigious Minerva Prize for the arts, the first Italian musician
to be awarded it. She has since collaborated with important festivals and opera compaines,
including Covent Garen, Opera Hollland Park, the Teatro Comunale in Florence, the
Teatro Comunale in Bologna, the Rossini Opera Festival, and the Festival of the Itria
Valley. She has worked with numerous famous singers, including Luciano Pavarotti,
Renato Bruson, Leo Nucci, Daniela Dessi, Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu, with
whom she has made several CDs.
On the concert platform, Nicoletta has conducted orchestras
including: Orchestra Arturo Toscanini, Orchestra of the Arena di Verona, the Tanglewood
Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, the Kiushu Symphony Orchestra,
the Hungarian Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Citta di Ferrara, Orchestra
da Camera di Bologna, Orchestra "I Filarmonici di Bologna", Orchestra Filarmonica
di Torino, Orchestra "I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano", Stuttgarter Filarmoniker.
Born in Madrid, he began his musical studies at an early age, obtaining his title
as piano professor. For six years he was director and founder of various choruses
with which he worked above all on the barroque and Renaissance repertoire. At the
same time, he took specialised courses in baroque organ, harpsichord and choral direction,
given by acclaimed teachers of these styles.
Assistant directorin the Teatro Real Madrid since it reopened in 1997, he has collaborated
with recognized directors such as J.Carlos Plaza, Francisco Nieva, Hugo de Ana, Sergio
Renan, Josep Maria Flotats, Giancarlo del Mónaco, Werner Herzog, Nicolas Jöel, Jerome
Savary, Eliah Moshinsky, Willy Decker, John Dew, Pier Luigi Pizzi and Herbert Wernicke,
as well as the choreographers Nacho Duato, Victor Ullate and Pina Bausch.
In 1998, he collaborated as assistant director in the world premiere in Lisbon of
the Ópera “Corvo Branco” by Fhilip Glass, directed by Bob Wilson.
Since 2004 he works at the State-Theatre Darmstadt as assistant director under the
artistic director John Dew.
As a director he made his debut with a production of “La voix humaine” of Poulenc
(2003). In Darmstadt he produced “La serva padrona” of G. B. Pergolessi (2005). Both
productions were a big success both with the public and the critics.
He won the 3rd price at the European Competition of Stage Directing in Wiesbaden
(2005) with his production of “La Cenerentola” of G. Rossini and was substitute semi
finalist at the International Competition of Opera Directing in Granz (2005) with
his project of “Le Nozze di Figaro” of W. A. Mozart. www.alfonso-romero.com