Michael Craddock is a London-based baritone, who started his musical education with the choir of Trinity College Cambridge, with whom he sang 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 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 have a busy concert schedule in the UK and further afield, now represented by Hazard Chase. Their debut CD was released on the Hyperion Record label, with two more to come in 2019. He also frequently works with the ensemble Amici Voices, who perform the works of JS Bach one-to-a-part, and are soon to release their second CD, in which he is a featured soloist in JS Bach’s Actus Tragicus. In their performance of the St Matthew Passion ‘Michael Craddock … deserve(d) special mention’ (Early Music Review). He has recently sung bass arias in the St Matthew Passion with the Auckland Philharmonia.
He continues his studies with Gary Coward, and has participated in masterclasses by Roderick Williams, Helmut Deutsch, Katerina Karneus, and David Wilson-Johnson.