Dramatic bass-baritone Douglas McNicol has received high praise for roles including Jack Rance (La fanciulla del West); Scarpia (Tosca) for Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, West Australian Opera and in New Zealand; Jokanaan (Salome); Amonasro (Aida); Giorgio Germont (La Traviata) for State Opera South Australia; and Iago (Otello) for State Opera and Opera Queensland.
A multiple award winner, he has worked with all the major opera companies and orchestras in Australia and New Zealand and appeared in concerts in Italy and the UK. Notable engagements have included directorial roles for John Haddock’s Madeline Lee and Gianni Schicchi (in which he also performed the title role), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Tonio (Pagliacci), Pizarro (Fidelio), Leporello and the title role in Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Requiem, Owen Hart (Dead Man Walking), Horatio in Brett Dean’s Hamlet for Adelaide Festival, Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Scarpia for Perth Festival, and Roy Disney in The Perfect American by Philip Glass (Opera Queensland/Brisbane Festival).
His concert repertoire includes Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B Minor, St John Passion and St Matthew Passion; Purcell’s Tempest; Berlioz’s Childhood of Christ; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; the Fauré, Brahms and Mozart Requiems; Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Messiah; Mendelssohn’s Elijah and The Bells by Rachmaninoff.
Most recently Douglas has appeared as Peter Quince (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Adelaide Festival; the Starkeeper and Dr Seldon in Carousel, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd and will be appearing as Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, all for State Opera South Australia.