Equally at home on the operatic stage or in the concert hall, internationally acclaimed tenor Richard Crawley captivates audiences with his passionate singing and nuanced dramatic presence. Most notably, he has performed the title role in Lohengrin at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and with the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland; Florestan in Fidelio with State Opera of South Australia; Canio in I Pagliacci with Portland Opera and Don José in Carmen opposite Denyce Graves with the Greek National Opera. Career highlights include the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Atlanta Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Opéra de Québec and the Marinsky Theater in Russia.
Richard currently serves on the faculty of the Department of Drama at Syracuse University, where he teaches voice, studio classes & Foundations of Musical Theater (music theory & fundamentals); he previously served on the voice faculty at the Setnor School of Music for 3 years. He has a great passion for training musical theatre artists and classical vocalists alike. As an educator, he has presented master classes across the United States and has served on the faculties of Loyola College, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska, and Binghamton University. Richard enjoyed an exciting and fulfilling experience last year serving as Assistant Conductor & Chorus Master with Syracuse Opera.
Well known as an outstanding musician and a quick study who thrives under pressure, during previous seasons Mr. Crawley stepped in with only 6 days' notice to learn and perform the title role of d'Indy's Fervaal at Avery Fisher Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra, to high acclaim. The New York Times stated he "gave a heroic performance. Mr. Crawley, clearly a quick study, has a healthy, pleasing and robust voice." He had recently performed a similar feat not just once, but twice - first, when he learned and performed the title role of Mascagni's Il Piccolo Marat at Avery Fisher with Teatro Grattacielo, with only two weeks' notice. The New York Times said then of his singing: "As Marat, the tenor Richard Crawley sang with power and urgency..." He then stepped in on short notice to perform Enée in Les Troyens at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia with Maestro Gergiev conducting.
As an orchestral soloist Richard has performed Handel's Messiah with the Tokyo Oratorio Society and at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.; Verdi's Requiem with the Dayton Philharmonic; Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Hong Kong Symphony, Bay-Atlantic Symphony 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 Harmonie Messe 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 at Carnegie Hall with Masterworks Chorale.