Over forty years in Australian professional opera, Douglas McNicol has evolved into one of the most versatile dramatic bass baritones, receiving commendations for his interpretations of roles including Jack Rance (La Fanciulla del West), Baron Scarpia in Tosca (Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, West Australian Opera and in New Zealand), Jokanaan in Salome, Amonasro in Aida, Giorgio Germont in La Traviata (State Opera), and Iago in Otello (Opera Queensland and State Opera of SA).
Douglas was the winner of the Australian Singing Competition, The National Opera Festival Award (1996), is a recipient of the Adelaide Critics Circle Best Individual Performer Award for Iago (2014) and is a Churchill Fellow.
Notable engagements have included directorial roles for John Haddock’s Madeline Lee and Gianni Schicchi (also performing the title role), Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Tonio in Pagliacci, Leporello and The Don in Don Giovanni , Verdi’s Requiem, Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking, Horatio in Brett Dean’s Hamlet for Adelaide Festival; the title role in Gianni Schicchi, Don Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Scarpia for Perth Festival; Roy Disney in Phillip Glass’ The Perfect American (OQ / Brisbane Festival),
During his career he has worked with all the major opera companies and orchestras in Australia and New Zealand, as well as performing concerts in Italy and the UK.
In concert and oratorio Douglas has a wide repertoire, performing in works such as Bach’s Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B Minor, St. John and St. Matthew Passions, Purcell’s The Tempest, Berlioz The Childhood of Christ, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, the Fauré, Brahms and Mozart Requiems, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and The Bells by Rachmaninov.
Douglas is also currently engaged to perform this year as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd with State Opera South Australia.