Dwayne Croft



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 500 performances of 30 roles at the Metropolitan Opera, including 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 two new productions 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: he participated in their opening gala concert in 2005; he appeared as de Siriex in Act II of Fedora opposite Domingo and Freni in 2002; he was seen as Silvio in I Pagliacci, also opposite Domingo, in 1999; he appeared as Silvio, opposite Teresa Stratas and Luciano Pavarotti, in 1994; and he was seen as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus in 1991.

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“Baritone Dwayne Croft is magnificent, his imposing voice and bearing creating a general of dignity and fairness”

Examiner San Francisco