American bass-baritone David Crawford is currently in his 13th consecutive season with the Metropolitan Opera.  His last season included appearances with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia  with Boston Lyric Opera, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Knoxville Opera, and a return to the Metropolitan Opera to cover Masetto in Don Giovanni and Angelotti in Tosca. The 2019-2020 season sees his return to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of Macbeth, Rosenkavalier, and Wozzeck, the Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Knoxville Opera, and Monterone in Rigoletto with Nashville Opera.


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 performances and covered roles in over two hundred performances with the company.  The 2017-2018 season saw his return to the Metropolitan Opera for Les contes d'Hoffmann and in the 2016-2017 season, he appeared in over 50 performances in 7 different operas, highlights of which included Paris in the new production of Roméo et Juliette, the Sergeant in Manon Lescaut, Lord Walton in I puritani, and the Captain in Eugene Onegin.  In the 2015-2016 season, he appeared Rochefort in Anna Bolena, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, a Mandarin in Turandot, and the Commissioner in Madama Butterfly. Previous season highlights include: Hermann/Schlemiel in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Count Horn in Un ballo in maschera, Schmidt in Andrea Chénier, Hector’s Ghost in Les Troyens, the High Priest of Baal in Nabucco, Happy in La fanciulla del West, Astarotte in Armida, the Wigmaker in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Angelotti and the Jailer in Tosca

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"In the category of “There Are No Small Roles”, bass David Crawford was a magnificent Bonzo, Cio-Cio San’s uncle who, finding that she has abandoned their native religion, shows up at the “wedding” to disown her."
-Arts Knoxville

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"David Crawford’s Don Basilio offers a stirring basso which fits in with the comic drift but also has a rich elegance that moves one from beneath. . . The orchestra under David Angus is in fine form" -Boston Arts Diary

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"Edward Parks’s high baritone and commanding presence made it easy to see why Carmen would abandon Don José for his Escamillo. David Crawford played a dashing Lieutenant Zuniga" -Opera News

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"David Crawford showed off a thunderous bass-baritone as Hermann and Schlémil." 

-New York Classical Review

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"Diana Montague as Gertrude, the nurse to Juliette, and David Crawford as Pâris were other standouts." -The New York Times

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