Dwayne Croft



Dwayne Croft, Baritone

The 1996 winner of the prestigious Richard Tucker Foundation Award, American baritone Dwayne Croft has established himself as a leading artist with prominent opera theaters throughout the world.

Since joining the Metropolitan Opera's Young Artist Development Program in 1989,
Mr. Croft has become a favorite artist of Metropolitan Opera audiences. He has appeared in more than 350 performances of 27 roles at the Metropolitan Opera, including performances of the title role in Billy Budd; Pelléas opposite Frederica von Stade in a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande; the title roles in Don Giovanni, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Eugene Onegin; Count Almaviva in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro; Giorgio Germont in La Traviata; his creation of the role of Nick Carraway in the world premiere of John Harbison's The Great Gatsby; Ernesto in the company premiere of Bellini's Il Pirata, Ford in Falstaff; Guglielmo in a new production of Cosi fan tutte; de Siriex in a new production of Fedora with Plácido Domingo and Mirella Freni; Valentin in Faust; Sharpless in a new production of Madama Butterfly; Marcello in La Bohème; Chorèbe in Les Troyens and Rodrigo, Marchese di Posa in Don Carlo. Dwayne Croft has participated in seven television broadcasts for the Metropolitan Opera including their productions of Billy Budd, Madama Butterfly and Fedora. On five occasions he has been invited to open the Metropolitan Opera season: in 2005 he participated in their opening gala concert; in 2002 he appeared as de Siriex in Act II of Fedora opposite Domingo and Freni; in 1999 he was seen as Silvio in I Pagliacci, also opposite Domingo; in 1994 he appeared as Silvio, opposite Teresa Stratas and Luciano Pavarotti; and in 1991 he was seen as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus.

In the 2009-2010 season, Dwayne Croft performs the title role of Eugene Onegin with Pittsburgh Opera, in addition to performances at the Met as Peter in Hansel & Gretel, Sonora in La Fanciulla del West, and Donner in Das Rheingold. Recent engagements include Germont in La Traviata with San Francisco Opera, a house debut with Dallas Opera as Marcello in La Bohème, and a role debut as Escamillo in Carmen with Cincinnati Opera.

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