Jorge Navarro Colorado
Winner of a 2017 Auditon Oracle Scholarship, a 2016 Gil – Rodriguez Scholarship from Opéra de Baugé and of the tenor prize at BecaBach 2015 in Barcelona, Jorge Navarro Colorado, who graduated from the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music, is a Britten-Pears Alumnus and a Samling Artist.
Engagements in 2021 / 2022 include Damon Acis and Galatea with the Early Opera Company at Iford Arts, Oronte Alcina with Lautten Compagney, Lurcanio Ariodante at the Göttingen Festival, Petrus Brockes Passion at the Opernhaus Halle and Gualtiero Griselda with at Teatro La Fenice, Venice. With Gothenburg Baroque, he appears in Bach, Bach, Bach! on tour. For the 2021 London Handel Festival, he appears in Arias for Annibale ‘Ballino’ Pio Fabri with Opera Settecento.
Recent engagements have included Damon Acis and Galatea with the Early Opera Company at the Buxton Festival, Eliates in Keiser’s Crésus on tour with Ensemble Diderot, Alessandro in Telemann’s Cleofida with Il Gusto Barocco, J. S. Bach’s Magnificat with Vespres d’Arnadí, J. S. Bach Arias on tour with Gothenburg Baroque, de Falla’s El retablo de maese Pedro with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Messiah with Bach Collegium Barcelona.
He made his debut at the Göttingen Festival as Berengario Lotario, a performance of which The Arts Desk wrote, “Jorge Navarro Colorado gave us a breathtaking virtuoso display,” and returned to sing Giuliano Rodrigo. Both performances are available on Accent CD. Operatic engagements have further included the title role in Carissimi’s Jonas for English Touring Opera, Damon Acis and Galatea at the London Handel Festival, Handel Alexander’s Feast with the Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Emilio Partenope for Iford Arts, Tempo Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno for the Académie de musique ancienne 2018 at the Festival de Périgord Noir and at the Theater Aachen, Apollo L’Orfeo for Gothenburg Baroque, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for HeadFirst Productions, Settimio in Porpora’s L’Agrippina for Barber Opera and Gualtiero in Vivaldi’s Griselda for Irish National Opera.
Concert highlights have included J. S. Bach Cantatas at the Bachcelona Festival, J. S. Bach Christmas Oratorio with Gothenburg Baroque J. S. Bach Easter Oratorio with the Israel Camerata, the St John Passion at St John’s, Smith Square, Ton Koopman’s reconstruction of J. S. Bach St Mark Passion with the BZM Ensemble, Barcelona, Blow Venus and Adonis with the New London Consort, Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Britten St Nicolas with the Capilla de Música Santa María del Coro, San Sebastián, Handel Esther and Purcell Fairest Isle with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Haydn Stabat Mater, Mozart Missa Brevis in G and Vesperae Solemnes de Dominica with the Polski Chór Kameralny, Messiah with the London Festival Orchestra, Mozart Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Circles within Circles: The Life and Friendships of William Busch at the 2018 London Song Festival and a recital to commemorate the death of Benjamin Britten at the Ciclo de Lied de Santiago.
He has worked with conductors included John Andrews, David Angus, Renato Balsadonna, Ryan Bancroft, Stephen Barlow, Avner Biron, Kolja Blacher, Christopher Bucknall, William Christie, Ronald Corp, Laurence Cummings, Christian Curnyn, Magnus Kjellson, Jan Łukaszewski, Gianluca Marcianò, Iñaki Encida Oyón, Timothy Redmond and Peter Whelan.
Jorge Navarro Colorado’s broadcasts include de Falla’s El retablo de Maese Pedro with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Vivaldi’s Griselda and In Tune for BBC Radio 3. His recordings further include German Cantatas with Solo Violin with Ensemble Diderot on Audax Records CD (Nominated for a 2019 International Classical Music Award) and Josquin des Prez: Mille Regrez for English Touring Opera’s Spring 2021 Digital Season.
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Arias for Ballino / London Handel Festival 2021
“Tall and distinguished-looking, he cut a striking figure and was adept at using his face to complement the expressivity of his singing. His voice has a fine, strong middle which seems very necessary in this music (Fabri’s range was from B to a’) where a lot of the busier passages sat, but Navarro Colorado also has a lovely free top. We were able to be dazzled by his singing, be amazed by the crazy music but never did we have to worry about whether he would make it. All was free and easy.:
Petrus: Brockes Passion / Oper Halle 2021
“As the sinner, Jorge Navarro Colorado was moving both as singer and actor.”
Lurcanio: Ariodante / Göttingen Festival 2021
“Jorge Navarro Colorado has a charming, mellifluous timbre…His character is presented in a wide range of situations, from Dalinda’s hopeless lover (in the drama and sensual ‘Del mio sol vezzosi rai’ to the revenge-thirsty brother (‘Il tuo sangue,’ punctuated by long coloratura lines, brilliantly articulated, revealing an impressive breath control, and warmly applauded). What touched us most was his duet with Dalinda. Let us note also the singer’s stage presence, and the expressive body language of his tall, svelte figure.”
“The bright, distinctive tenor of Jorge Navarro Colorado was very beautiful as Lurcanio.”
Damon: Acis and Galatea / Buxton International Festival
“There’s gentle beauty from Jorge Navarro Colorado’s Damon…”
He who loves Beauty / Ciclo Lied Santiago
“…a voice well balanced throughout its various registers, and with excellent body language and presentation.”
El Correo Gallego
Jonas / English Touring Opers
“It is deepy touching and Jorge Navarro Colorado sings Jonas’s great prayer with beauty and sincerity.”
“Jorge Navarro Colorado stands out, in particular, in the title role.”
“A strong central performance by Jorge Navarro Colorado…”
“Just as Dido sings her great lament, Jonas prays for forgiveness, and the fervent devotion of the tenor Jorge Navarro Colorado feels genuine.”
Damon: Acis and Galatea / London Handel Festival 2018
“…there was some very beautiful singing from Jorge Navarro Colorado as Damon…”
“Jorge Navarro Colorado made a lively and genial Damon, dispatching his runs with precision…”
“…displayed a pleasingly mellow tenor and relaxed stage presence. Damon’s second aria, ‘Consider fond shepherd,’ was beautifully sung, the top light but true.”
Berengario: Lotario / Accent CD
“Jorge Navarro Colorado gets around rapid triplet fiortiture superbly in Beregnario’s bitter reaction to his defeat (“Regno e grandezza”), and his awakening penitence is admirably euphonious (“Vi sento, sì”).
“The show is stolen by Jorge Navarro Colorado. As Berengario, the Spanish tenor is far superior to Steve Davislim, with a flexibility that is never forced and with agile coloratura and an easy high register. Without a doubt, he is the revelation of this recording and one to be watched.”
Emilio: Partenope / Iford Arts
”Jorge Navarro-Colorado makes much of Emilio’s arias“
The Arts Desk
Giuliano: Rodrigo / Göttingen Festival 2019
“Among the men, tenor Jorge Navarro Colorado presents a Giuliano, initially successful as a soldier, then as a brother and rebel, and finally a wily winner of his territory. Tall of stature, his gestures are well-controlled and his stage presence (already noted in the 2017 production of Lotario at Göttingen) is mesmerising. His diction is clear and precise, and his easy projection gives him a noble panache. His vocal production remains very flexible, including when he is engaged in violent acts and: his “Stragi, morti,” whose ambitious ornaments are taken up by the oboes, while he overturns the sofa and breaks the furniture, resonates as one of the strongest moments of the performance, an impressive dramatic and vocal number, deserving our applause. Let us also not forget his enchanting “Fra le spine” at the beginning of the second act, and the brilliant panache of his “Spirti fieri,” which opens the third act.”
“The radiant, extremely flexible tenor of Jorge Navarro Colorado is always virtuosic and precise.”
“Jorge Navarro Colorado’s singing is beautifully secure and his acting heartfelt.”
“Of the men, the palm goes, as it did last time he was in Göttingen, to Jorge Navarro Colorado. His presence, coloratura strength and acting performance were outstanding.” Capriccio Kulturforum
“Jorge Navarro Colorado presents Giuliano with an agile tenor and is convincing in his development from the king’s follower to his opponent.”
“Jorge Navarro Colorado sang Giuliano, oscillating between frustration and fury, with his robust yet sweet tenor ringing out.”
“Jorge Navarro Colorado as Giuliano lives up to his name with a wide spectrum of colours to his voice…”
“Jorge Navarro-Colorado is a dashing, sharp-suited Giuliano and sings beautifully.”
The Opera Critic
Giuliano: Rodrigo / Accent CD
“…impressing both in militaristic swagger (his default mode) and in two lyrical arias, both charming…”
“As Giuliano, tenor Jorge Navarro Colorado has a light and warm-sounding lyric tenor.”
Don Ottavio: Don Giovanni / HeadFirst Productions
“Jorge Navarro Colorado’s clarity, precision and poise gave dignified substance to Don Ottavio…”
Aminta: Euridice / British Youth Opera
“Rather than list the main soloists, who have already had the limelight, here are two who stood out in supporting roles: Spanish tenor Jorge Navarro Colorado as Aminta in Euridice and Japanese baritone Koji Terada as Marcello in La bohème…”
The Tempest / New London Consort
“Jorge Navarro Colorado sang well and was a striking presence…”
In the Dark
Otumbo: Alzira / Chelsea Opea Group
“One of the best legato lines was delivered by the young tenor Jorge Navarro Colorado…”
Handel Lotario (role of Berengario)
Marie Lys, Sophie Rennert, Ursula Hesse von den Steinen, Jud Perry, Todd Boyce
Festspiel Orchester Göttingen / Laurence Cummings
Accent CD ACC 26408
Handel Rodrigo (role of Giuliano)
Anna Dennis, Eric Eloff, Fflur Wyn, Russell Harcourt, Leandro Marziotte
FestspielOrchester Göttingen / Laurence Cummings
Accent CD ACC 26412
German Cantatas with Solo Violin
Nahuel Di Pierro, Andrea Hill, Christopher Purves
Ensemble Diderot / Johannes Pramschler
Audax Records CD ADX 13715