Did Colin young have a career? This question was by asked by Peter Hill who sent me a copy of a concert program in New Zealand on March
24th, 1949 at Wellington and a copy of a news paper clipping. According the program liner notes, Colin Young, after the second world war,
served three years in Italy and then went to Australia in early 1947. There, Young was auditioned by Bernard Heinze. The quality of his
voice impressed both Heinze and a Dr. Floyd. For the previous eighteen months, Colin Young had studied under Josephine Otlee.
According the undated and unnamed newspaper clipping, Colin Young's voice impressed Gigli, when Young was serving in Italy. Young was to
sing Don José in a new production of Carmen at the Hamburg opera house. Apparently Colin Young auditioned successfully at Covent
Garden, but apparently he did not sing there. Colin Young returned to Italy in 1953 to study in Milan, and was given the part of
Cavaradossi at the Teatro Nuovo. Colin Young was accepted at the Scala Opera School, but could not join because the Italian government
introduced a law precluding foreigners from attending.
Newspaper clipping on Colin Young
I wish to thank Peter Hill for the information on Colin Young.