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 will return to Japan to perform with the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy as Schaunard in La bohème, join The Metropolitan Opera for their production of Dialogues des Carmèlites and appear as the bass soloist in both Handel's Messiah with Nashville Symphony and Mozart's Requiem with Knoxville Symphony, respectively.
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 Rigolettowith 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 three hundred and fifty performances and covered roles in over two hundred performances with the company.
In addition to his Met assignments, Mr. Crawford has performed at several other esteemed North American companies. Past engagements include singing Lord Capulet in Romèo 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.
A native of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, Mr. Crawford received a Bachelor of Music degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Music from Boston University. Earlier in his career, he participated in highly regarded young artists programs with Seattle Opera, Florida Grand Opera, the Merola Program at San Francisco Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Utah Festival Opera, and Sarasota Opera, where he was the recipient of the 2007 Bradenton Opera Guild Award. He is currently on faculty at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.