David Crawford
Bass Baritone
New England Third Place Winner, 2002

Now in his ninth season at the Met, where he has taken part in over 250 performances, David Crawford appears this season as Rochefort in Anna Bolena, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, A Mandarin in Turandot, and the Commissioner in Madama Butterfly. Last season the bass-baritone made role premieres as Hermann Ortel in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Schlémil in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and reprised his Count Horn in Un Ballo in Maschera. In summer David returned to Chautauqua as Banquo in Macbeth; in 2014 he had appeared there as William Jennings Bryan in The Ballad of Baby Doe.

 

A native of Sewickley (Pittsburgh), PA, David received a Bachelor of Music degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Music from Boston University. While finishing his master’s in Boston, he appeared twice with Boston Lyric Opera, singing the role of the Monk in Don Carlos and the Lawyer and Second Judge in Todd Machover’s Resurrection. David then went on to participate in Young Artists Programs at Seattle Opera, Florida Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera (Merola), Chautauqua Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Sarasota Opera, where he was the recipient of the 2007 Bradenton Opera Guild Award.

 

2007 was also the year of David’s Metropolitan Opera debut, as a Warrior in Macbeth. Since then his many roles at the Met have included Schmidt in Andrea Chénier, Gualtiero Walton in I Puritani, Hector’s Ghost in Les Troyens,The High Priest of Baal inNabucco, Happy in La Fanciulla del West, Astarotte in Armida,The Wigmaker inAriadne auf Naxos, Zuane in La gioconda, the Captain in  Eugene Onegin, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, and the Jailer in Tosca.

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