A part-time resident of Scheggino, Colin Baldy is a performer, teacher, writer, and director. He serves as artistic director for Hand Made Opera, which he co-founded in 2000, and for Maldon Festival of Arts, both in the United Kingdom. He has directed productions of Cosi Fan Tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Seraglio, Trial by Jury, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Old Maid and the Thief, L’enfant et les Sortileges, Riders to the Sea, Dido and Aeneas, Venus and Adonis, and more.
Colin was for many years the singing teacher at New College, University of Oxford. Now, however, he splits most of his teaching time between London and Umbria. The balance is spent teaching around the world, including as a visiting professor at Utah State University and on the Cisternino choral course in Italy. He is also director of the Scheggino Advanced Course for Singers.
As a singer, Colin 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, and others. His many roles have included Sempronio (Lo Speziale), Don Alfonso (Cosi fan Tutte), Geronimo (Il Matrimonio Segreto), Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas). In addition, he has performed contemporary music with such groups as the London Sinfonietta and New Chamber Opera. On the concert platform, he has appeared with the Britten Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Southern Camerata (under David Hill), L’Orchestra National de Picardie, and L’Orchestra National de Lille, to name a few.
Colin has been both a conductor and a faculty member for BCI several times, returning again on the faculty in Newcastle/Durham.