Michael Craddock (baritone) is a London-based freelance singer, who started his musical education with the choir of Trinity College Cambridge, with whom he sung for four years, whilst studying Mathematics.
Operatic performances include Walton The Bear (Smirnov) for Opera Minima and Opera Anywhere, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom) in Aldeburgh, sharing the role with Matthew Rose, Donizetti Don Pasquale (Dr. Malatesta) for Opera Minima, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Yamidori) for Opera A La Carte and Verdi’s La Traviata (Marchese) for Regent’s Opera at the Bermuda Festival. He sang the dual roles of Alfio/Tonio in Hampstead Garden Opera’s sSpring 2016 performances of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci and gave the role of Dandini in the Bedford Park Festival production of La Cenerentola.
He is a founder member of the Gesualdo Six, an all-male vocal consort who were St. John’s Smith Square Young Artists 2015-16, and have a busy concert schedule in the UK and further afield, now represented by Hazard Chase. He also frequently works with the ensemble Amici Voices, who perform the works of JS Bach one-to-a-part, and have recently recorded their second CD. In their performance of the St Matthew Passion ‘Michael Craddock … deserve(d) special mention’ (Early Music Review).
Other concert and consort work has included engagements with Polyphony, the Marian Consort, The London Choral Sinfonia, The Cardinall’s Musick, the Gabrieli Consort and the Choir of the Enlightenment. In between his vocal engagements he works for a very accommodating barristers’ chambers as an accountant. He learns with Gary Coward. In his spare time he enjoys cinema, hopped beverages and cricket.