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Nicholas Crawley



Nicholas Crawley in action.
Nicholas Crawley in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH 2016. Photo by Bill Cooper

English bass-baritone Nicholas Crawley made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as Naval Captain (Manon Lescaut).

Crawley was born in Buckinghamshire and sang as a treble with St Albans Cathedral Choir. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and went on to become a member of Nederlandse Reisopera, where his roles have included Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Sleep/Hymen/Winter (The Fairy Queen) and Petrus (St John’s Passion, staged). Engagements elsewhere include Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Klagenfurt State Theatre, Masetto (Don Giovanni), Larkens (La fanciulla del West) and Nightwatchman (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) for English National Opera, Colline (La bohème), Zaretsky (Eugene Onegin) and Helmsman (Tristan und Isolde) for Grange Park Opera, Don Basilio for Opera Holland Park and the Man (The Raven) for OperaUpClose and Grimeborn.

Crawley’s concert repertory includes Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Solomon, Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae solennes, Haydn’s The Creation, Verdi’s Requiem and Duruflé’s Requiem. He has sung in such venues as St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square and Cadogan Hall.