Bass-baritone Keith Colclough is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal performance at UC Santa Barbara with a Chancellor's Fellowship. A Student Fulbright Scholar to Germany, Keith studied at the Mannheim Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst with renowned pedagogue Rudolf Piernay, after graduating magna cum laude from Pepperdine University in 2008.
This season he returns to Opera Santa Barbara as Count Ceprano in Rigoletto while covering Sparafucile. Keith is a former studio artist and a current member of Opera Santa Barbara's Opera Lab, improvising operas at elementary schools throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura County. He made his LA Philharmonic debut at the Hollywood Bowl as the Usciere in Rigoletto, under the baton of Maestro Dudamel. In 2013, he sang Der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte and the bass solo in Stravinsky's Pulcinella as a vocal fellow at the Music Academy of the West. Keith attended Songfest in Malibu as a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow and the Aspen Music School and Festival, performing Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro and Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Other roles include Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Seneca in L'Incoronazion di Poppea, and Grandpa Moss in The Tender Land.
Keith has been featured as a soloist with the Santa Barbara Choral Society, UCSB Orchestra, and Lompoc Master Chorale, as well as the Music Affiliates Hour on KDB 93.7 fm. He recorded scenes in the development of the opera El Canguro by Cynthia Ferrell and Peter Mike von der Nahmer, both in the US and Germany.