Colin Eaton, vocalist
Colin Denis Eaton has been lauded by The Washington Post as "a commanding tenor that sings with great aplomb" and by The Baltimore Sun as "a young tenor whose name you shall not soon forget" and "possessing the ability to dazzle audiences with ease."
Mr. Eaton was featured as the tenor soloist for the Carmina Burana under the direction of Maestro Duane Wolff. Other oratorio solo performances include Mendelssohn's St. Paul (National Philharmonic), Handel's Messiah, the Rossini Stabat Mater (with the Metropolitan Chorus and DC Federation of Music Clubs), the Bruckner Te Deum, and the Mozart Requiem (Oratorio Society of Charlottesville/Albemarle). His opera credits include appearances as Mingo (Tulsa Opera), Robbins, and Sportin' Life in Porgy and Bess, Pedrillo in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Don Basilio an dDon Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Nika Magadoff in The Consul, and as Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amore. He is pleased to have collaborated as a featured soloist in master classes with Martina Arroyo and Curtis Rayam at the National Opera Association convention at the Kennedy Center as well as with Mr. Simon Estes in conjunction with the DC Federation of Music Clubs. Mr. Estes was quoted as saying of Mr. Eaton's performance: "Now that's how you command a stage. There's nothing left to say." Along with Mr. Eaton's stage performances, he was also selected to be a member of the crossover classical Decca recording artist group Vai Dacapo which had sellout performances both in the United States and in Germany as well as having their recorded live concert aired in over 85% of PBS markets nationwide.
Colin frequently solos before our nation's highest ranking government and military officials, as well as visiting dignitaries from around the globe. He was honored to serve as a featured soloist for the interment ceremony for President Ronald Reagan in Simi Valley, California, as well as sharing the stage with President Obama as the featured National Anthem soloist for the Naturalization Ceremony held in the Rose garden of the White House. Another major highlight of Mr. Eaton's musical career was to be specially selected to perform for U.S. and Allied Forces deployed in areas of combat including Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan with military and USO performing elements.