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Richard Croft reviews

"...a favourite for his agile, superbly clear voice, wedded to apt style, and for his intelligence and commitment"

David Shengold, Opera magazine, April 2008


Philip Glass's SATYAGRAHA at the Metropolitan Opera

“The tenor Richard Croft, whose beautiful vocalism is so suited to Mozart and Handel, made an ideal Gandhi, giving the character a single-minded intensity that was both practical and saintly.”

Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal, April 19, 2008


“That warmth provided a sensitive foundation to support a cast headed by Richard Croft as Gandhi. His subtly shaded tenor and exquisite phrasing communicated deeply, and he brought a transfixing, golden tone to the final passage, when Gandhi sings an ascending scalelike melody 30 times -- as haunting as any coda I know in music.”

Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun, April 17, 2008


“As Gandhi, Richard Croft is a winning figure of quiet force and determination, and his tenor rings out with firm sweetness.”

Eric Myers, Variety, April 15, 2008


“And at a long evening's end, when the American tenor Richard Croft cast a neo-Wagnerian spell, he did so to offer guidance for enriching the wayward world that we were about to reenter…Croft's Verdian rapture and Mozartian purity were just the beginnings of his creation of an imagined character.”

Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, April 14, 2008


“Heading the cast is Richard Croft, singing Gandhi. He is one of the finest lyric tenors of our time. Richard is pretty much unbeatable in Handel and Mozart. And he may be modest by nature (although not modestly talented). Faced with wild applause on Friday night, he would barely bow, eager to join his castmates in the line. The part of Gandhi tests the middle and lower registers of a tenor's range, and Mr. Croft's were not found wanting. And his higher notes were exemplary. In addition, Mr. Croft has the ability to sing in a fashion both lyrical and clarion. That is a rare and valuable trick.”

Jay Nordlinger, The New York Sun, April 14, 2008


“Gandhi, portrayed by the sweet-voiced tenor Richard Croft in a heroic performance, lies on the ground in a rumpled suit, his suitcase nearby (…) In the hauntingly mystical opening scene when Gandhi reflects on a battle between two royal families depicted in the Bhagavad-Gita, Mr. Croft, in his plaintive voice, sang the closest the score comes to a wistful folk song while undulant riffs wound through the lower strings.”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, April 14, 2008


“The first impression is of simple beauty: a tenor voice, cushioned by the ebb and flow of repeating cadences from the orchestra… [Richard] Croft gave himself utterly to Gandhi, investing the role with a fitting, radiant simplicity… The final act is a masterpiece of the power of simplicity. At the very end, while Croft embarked on a pure, ascending line, sung over and over, and the figure of Martin Luther King Jr., taking up Gandhi's ideas, mimed his own great speech behind him, the back of the stage was filled with a pure blue sky…”

Anne Midgette, The Washington Post, April 14, 2008


Chandos recording of SEMELE

" As Jupiter, Richard Croft fields a honeyed, sensuous tone (heard to advantage in a suductive 'Where're you walk') and formidable agility"

Richard Wigmore, Gramophone, January 2008

"Jupiter... is superbly sung by the tenor Richard Croft, easily the most sensuous of all recorded Jupiters"

Hugh Canning, London Sunday Times, 11 Nov 2007

"American tenor Richard Croft sings Jove with dark, commanding tone and plenty of musical insight. Croft's coloratura is immaculate, and he makes Jove's three utterances of regret as he is forced too keep the oath that will destroy Semele "Tis past recall; she must a victim fall," beautifully varied and uncommonly touching."

Judith Malafronte, Opernews, March 2008



“American tenor Richard Croft…makes his SFO debut as Lurcanio. Often heard at Salzburg, the Met, and other major houses, Croft's impressively fluid, beautiful tenor is redolent of Mozartian grace.”

Jason Victor Serinus, Bay Area Reporter, June 19, 2008

Tenor Richard Croft…gave a beautiful performance as Ariodante's brother Lurcanio.”

Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, June 17, 2008



“Richard Croft again demonstrated that he is in a league of his own: He is one of the most elegant tenors, extremely sure and well-balanced in all ranges.”

Kolarik, Salzburger Nachrichten

“The Salzburg Festival has assembled a superb cast for "Armida." They themselves should be recorded. The cast features not only one top lyric tenor, but two: Michael Schade (Rinaldo) and Richard Croft (Ubaldo). It's unusual that they sing together — that there is a town, so to speak, big enough for the both of them. This is cause for celebration. Mr. Croft was in fine form…singing from a motorized wheelchair (for that is where the stage director puts Ubaldo). If it bothered him not to stand up, it didn't show. He was creamy and beautiful, of course — as always — but also stirring. And when he and Mr. Schade sang together: I swear, it sounded like one voice, somehow split.”

Jay Nordlinger, The New York Sun, August 9, 2007



“In the title role, as the King of Pontus, was the American tenor Richard Croft, who is the best-kept secret in opera…His voice is a wonder, his technique astonishing, his musical intelligence keen. He sang splendidly on this occasion, as he almost always does.”

Jay Nordlinger, The New York Sun, Aug 16, 2005

“The first-rate cast also won well-deserved applause, including Richard Croft in the title role…”

Jeremy Eichler, The New York Times, Aug 2, 2005



“Richard Croft, who replaced the originally scheduled Torsten Kerl in the title role, gave a nuanced yet powerful account of Idomeneo. While the early ‘Vedrommi intorno’ convincingly showed Idomeneo in despair, Croft assumed a royal persona in Act II and interacted persuasively with others. The virtuoso aria ‘Fuor del mar’ was thrilling.”

Marcia J. Citron, Opera News, April 2005

“To the title role, Richard Croft, a late replacement for German tenor Torsten Kerl, brought regal dignity and melting pianissimo.”

Wes Blomster, Musical America, February 2, 2005



“The tenor portraying Don Ottavio was Richard Croft, a welcome sight on the Met stage. He is a tenor of extraordinary gracefulness and ability. An enduring memory is of Mr. Croft in Semele (Handel), about 10 years ago. You never heard a creamier, more sublime “Where’er You walk.” It was scarcely human. On Monday night, Mr. Croft’s singing was more human, but it was still excellent, and how he is able to take such a long breather in “Dalla sua pace,” I’ll never know.”

Jay Nordlinger, The New York Sun, Mar 30, 2005

“Richard Croft’s tenor carried Don Ottavio’s difficult music with admirable poise.”

Bernard Holland, The New York Times, Mar 30, 2005



“The tenor Richard Croft made a handsome and eloquent Jupiter.”

David Stevens, International Herald Tribune, Feb 25, 2004



“. . .taken by tenor Richard Croft, whose vocal freshness and ardor provided exceptional contrast to Oelze’s restraint.”

Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer, Dec 9, 2000



“Tenor Richard Croft enlarged his portfolio of distinguished Mozart portraits with a noble reading of the compassionate Tito. A fine actor and a singer of high style, even scale, and attractive tonal color, his aria “Se all’impero, amici dei” was dramatically impressive and beautifully sung.”

Christine Gransier, L’Opera, 1999



“Richard Croft’s high tenor gleams as the musician Flamand, setting verses with instant melodic ease.”

John Higgins,”The Most Gracious of Ladies”, The Times, July 20, 1998

“Croft’s tenor is pure and ardent.”

David Murray, Financial Times, Aug 19, 1998

“. . .and the composer, Flamand (Richard Croft) there is no doubt just who is the leading man in this production.”

Andy Freeman, Sussex Express, Friday, July 31, 1998

“Richard Croft and Gerald Finley as composer and poet are pure and skilled.”

Harvey Elliott, “Fragile Plot for an Opera”, The Middy, July 30,1998