Craig Verm is rapidly gaining recognition for his “resonant, expressive baritone voice" (Denver Post) and riveting dramatic portrayals. In the 2015-16 season, he will join Santa Fe Opera for both the Count in Capriccio and Sonora in La fanciulla del West. He also returns to Opera Philadelphia as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore and sings Friedrich Bhaer in Adamo’s Little Women with Madison Opera. He also returns to the Rhode Island Philharmonic for Handel’s Messiah. Future engagements include his debut with Seattle Opera and a return to Des Moines Metro Opera. Last season he created the role of Doug Hansen in the world premiere of Joby Talbot’s Everest with Dallas Opera and in other modern repertoire, sang his first performances of George in Of Mice and Men with Tulsa Opera and the title role of Elmer Gantry in a return to Florentine Opera. He also returned to Nashville Opera for Marcello in La bohème, Gotham Chamber Opera to reprise the Miller in Montsalvatge’s El gato con botas, on the concert stage, sang the Second Prisoner in Fidelio with the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem as a guest artist at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

Mr. Verm recently made his debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Albert in Werther and following his debut with the Teatro Municipal de Santiago as Esamillo in Carmen, he returned for the title role of Billy Budd. He enjoys a strong relationship with Pittsburgh Opera, where he has sung the lead baritone role of Tom Joad in Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, Zurga in Les pêcheur de perles, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Ping in Turandot, Junius in The Rape of Lucretia, the Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd, Angelotti in Tosca as well as Guglielmo in student performances of Così fan tutte. Other recent performances include the Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Seiji Ozawa’s Ongaku-juku Festival, Ramiro in L’heure espagnole with the Nationale Reisopera in the Netherlands; Sid in Albert Herring with the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse; Marcello in La bohème, Minskman in Dove’s Flight, and Ping in Turandot with Austin Lyric Opera; Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, and Adonis in Venus and Adonis with Florentine Opera; Ned Keene in Peter Grimes and Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Des Moines Metro Opera; Zurga in Les pêcheur de perles with Nashville Opera; Schaunard in La bohème with Opera Philadelphia; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at Lyrique-en-Mer/Festival de Belle-Île; Joseph Pitt in Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America with Fort Worth Opera; Daniel in the world premiere of Lembit Beecher’s I Have No Stories to Tell You and Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with Gotham Chamber Opera; Astolfo in the world premiere of Lewis Spratlan’s Life is a Dream and Hermann in Les contes d’Hofmann with Santa Fe Opera; the Count in Le nozze di Figaro and Falke in Die Fledermaus with the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh; and the title role of Eugene Onegin and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and the Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen with Aspen Opera Theater. He has also joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Angelotti in Tosca, Marullo in Rigoletto, and the Mandarin in Turandot.

Equally adept within the realm of oratorio, his other concert appearances encompass performances of Glass’ the CIVIL WarS with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols with the Pittsburgh Symphony; Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra; Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile with Les Escales Musicales d’Evian; Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Alexandria Symphony; he sang William Schuman’s cantata, Casey at the Bat with the Reno Philharmonic; Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Boston Youth Symphony; Handel’s Messiah with the Rhode Island Philharmonic; Bach’s Mass in B minor at Portugal’s Aviero Music Festival; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 as a guest artist at Brown University; as well as Faure’s Requiem with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, and Schubert’s Mass in G and Rutter’s Mass of the Children with the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale. He has also sung Haydn’s Creation with the Robert Page Festival Singers at the Virginia Arts Festival as well as on tour in Vienna and Budapest, Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, as well as performances of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem. He has also presented solo recitals under the auspices of the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and at West Liberty University.

He received his Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music where his performances included title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Markheim. He was graduated cum laude from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He was also a 2006 national semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and is also a former member of the young artist programs of Santa Fe Opera and Cincinnati Opera.