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Richard Crawley, tenor

Richard Crawley

Richard Crawley recently stepped in at the last minute to perform the title role of D’Indy’s opera Fervaal at Lincoln Center with the American Symphony Orchestra. Earlier this year he was called on in a very similar situation: He stepped into the title role of Mascagni’s Il Piccolo Marat at Avery Fisher Hall with Teatro Grattacielo. The New York Times said of his singing: “As Marat, the tenor Richard Crawley sang with power and urgency.…” Other recent engagements include his role debut as Enée in Les Troyens with the Stars of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, with Maestro Valery Gergiev conducting; Cavaradossi in Tosca with the San Francisco Opera, as well as San Francisco engagements for Eugene Onegin, Le Grand Macabre, Dr. Atomic, and Norma; Don José in Carmen opposite Denyce Graves in Athens, Greece; Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut and Don José in Carmen with Hawaii Opera Theatre; Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana with Toledo Opera; Verdi’s Requiem with the Dayton Philharmonic; Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera with Opera Santa Barbara; Cavaradossi in Tosca with Hawaii Opera Theatre; the title role of Faust at Portland Opera; his role debut as Otello with the Oakland East Bay Symphony; and a return to San Francisco Opera to cover the roles of Luigi in Il Tabarro, Manrico in Il Trovatore, and the title role in Otello. Future engagements include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Hong Kong Symphony, A Russian Affair concert with the Sacramento Opera, and Canio in I Pagliacci with Portland Opera.

Career highlights include performances with Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Atlanta Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Tulsa Opera, Opera Colorado, Lake George Opera, Syracuse Opera, and Augusta Opera, in such roles as Don José in Carmen, Luigi in Il Tabarro, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Sam Polk in Susannah, the Steuermann in Der Fliegende Holländer, the title role in Faust, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Narraboth in Salome, Alfredo in La Traviata, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, and the Marquis in Lortzing’s Zar und Zimmermann.

Also an accomplished orchestral soloist, Mr. Crawley has performed Handel’s Messiah with the New Japan Philharmonic and the Tokyo Oratorio Society, as well as at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He has sung Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony with Jed Gaylin, and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony; Mendelssohn’s Paulus with the New Japan Philharmonic; the Evangelist/Tenor in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica; Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with the Syracuse Symphony; Haydn’s The Creation with Baltimore Choral Arts Society; Bach’s B Minor Mass with Handel Choir of Baltimore; the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Concert Artists of Baltimore; and the Mozart Requiem with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, as well as at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Crawley sang the tenor solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Hopkins Symphony’s 25th anniversary concert in 2007. In 1998, he had joined the HSO to sing excerpts from Verdi’s La Traviata.

5 December 2009