Michael Craddock is a London-based baritone, 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’s 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’s 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 Spring 2016 performances of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci and gave the role of Dandini in the Bedford Park Festival production of La Cenerentola. Most recently he was in the London premiere of Tim Watts’ opera Kepler’s Trial at the Victoria and Albert museum.
He is a founding 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 in the Spring on the Hyperion Record label. He also frequently works with the ensemble Amici Voices, who perform the works of J.S. 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, Ludus Baroque, The London Choral Sinfonia, Le Concert D’astree, The Cardinall’s Musick, The Gabrieli Consort and the Choir of the Enlightenment. He continues his studies with Gary Coward, and has participated in masterclasses by Roderick Williams, Katerina Karneus, and David Wilson-Johnson.