Pianist Yulianna Avdeeva

Ode to Joy
November, 2022

Craig Irvin


During the 2021-2022 season, versatile American baritone Craig Irvin delights audiences as The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance at both Atlanta Opera and Utah Symphony and Opera. On the concert platform, he joins Cincinnati May Festival for Bernstein’s Candide, Orchestra Iowa for Handel’s Messiah and New West Symphony for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.  The 2018-2019 season brought a revival of his Dan Packard in Dinner at Eight with the Wexford Festival, Lt. Horstmayer in Silent Night with Austin Opera, Valentin in Faust with Opera Omaha, and Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with the Portland Symphony. The 2017-2018 season included singing Dominik and covering Mandryka in Arabella with Canadian Opera Company, Handel’s Messiah with the Jacksonville Symphony, Britten’s War Requiem with Music Worchester, Stubb in Moby Dick with Utah Opera, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Opera Orlando, and Frank in Die Fledermaus with Des Moines Metro Opera.

Other recent engagements include one of his signature roles, Lieutenant Horstmayer in the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ new opera Silent Night with Minnesota Opera and subsequent performances with Opera Philadelphia, Fort Worth Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Atlanta Opera. On the concert platform, he has performed Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Rachmaninoff’s The Bells at companies such as Portland Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, New West Symphony, and many others.