American bass-baritone David Crawford has been hailed as a “standout” by The New York Times and celebrated for his “thunderous bass-baritone” by New York Classical Review. In the 2022-2023 season, he returned to Japan to perform with the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy as Schaunard in La bohème, joined the Metropolitan Opera for their production of Dialogues des Carmélites, covered the role of The Bonze in Madama Butterfly with The Atlanta Opera, sang the role of Blitch in Susannah with Marble City Opera, and appeared as the bass soloist in both Handel’s Messiah with Nashville Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem with Knoxville Symphony, respectively. In 2023-2024, he returns to Atlanta Opera to sing Count Monterone in Rigoletto, joins the Knoxville Symphony as the bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, returns to Pittsburgh Festival Opera for a recital, and returns to the Metropolitan Opera, covering Zuniga in their new production of Carmen.
The 2021-2022 season saw him as Achilla in Giulio Cesare and Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with The Atlanta Opera, Monterone in Rigoletto with Nashville Opera, Zuniga in Carmen with Santa Fe Opera, and a return to The Metropolitan Opera for their production of Turandot.
Since making his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 2007 as The Warrior Apparition in Macbeth, Mr. Crawford has taken part in over 300 performances and covered roles in more than 200 performances with the company.
In 2020-2021, Mr. Crawford sang in an Opera Outdoors concert with Opera Omaha. Due to the pandemic, postponed or cancelled engagements included Il barbiere di Siviglia with The Atlanta Opera, Don Giovanni with Opera Naples, and Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Billy Budd with The Metropolitan Opera.
In addition to his Met assignments, Mr. Crawford has performed at several other esteemed North American companies. Past engagements include singing Lord Capulet in Roméo et Juliette with The Atlanta Opera; Banquo in Macbeth and William Jennings Bryan in The Ballad of Baby Doe with Chautauqua Opera; Caspar in Der Freischütz with Des Moines Metro Opera; the King in Transformations with Wexford Festival Opera; and Monterone in Rigoletto with Florida Grand Opera.