Richard Crawley

Style: Pop; Opera; Jazz; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre


Title: Asst Prof of Musical Theatre Voice, University of Central Florida


Equally at home on stage, in the concert hall, or performing jazz standards in a more intimate setting — internationally acclaimed vocalist 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 also with the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland; Florestan in Fidelio with State Opera of South Australia; Canio in I Pagliacci with Portland Opera and Mill City Summer Opera in Minneapolis; 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 is currently Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Voice at the University of Central Florida School of Performing Arts. Before joining the UCF faculty, he served on the faculty of the Department of Drama at Syracuse University, where he taught private voice, weekly studio classes; Foundations of Musical Theater I (music theory); Practicum II (ear training, sight-singing, score analysis) & Musical Theater Performance (Acting the Song) for Acting majors. Richard is passionately committed to cross training musical theatre artists and classical vocalists alike. As an educator, he has served on the faculties of the Setnor School of Music, Loyola College in Baltimore, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska, and Binghamton University. Richard has extensive experience as musical director for a variety of productions, with particular interest in promoting new works. He is an experienced music director, including serving as Assistant Conductor & Chorus Master with Syracuse Opera. He enjoys giving master classes whenever possible.

Well known as an outstanding musician and a quick study who thrives under pressure, 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 has performed similar feats throughout his career - 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..." Again, Crawley stepped in with only a few weeks notice at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia to perform the role of Enée in Les Troyens with Maestro Valery 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.

Voice Type: Baritone

Music Styles Taught: Pop; Opera; Jazz; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre

Availability: I am available as a performer; I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I accept students through a college or university program

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