KATONAH, N.Y. -- Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts' Director of Opera Will Crutchfield has a well-deserved reputation as an expert and a scholar when it comes to music.
Crutchfield spent his teens as a vocal coach and rehearsal pianist and made his name as a writer and musicologist in the mid-1980′s, becoming the youngest music critic in the history of The New York Times. He returned to his theater roots in the mid-1990′s to conduct opera.
After initial conducting successes with productions in small companies and conservatories, Crutchfield was named to two positions, Director of Opera for the Caramoor Music Festival (1997-present) and Music Director of the Opera de Colombia in Bogota (1999-2005). At these two theaters he built his style, which the Financial Times called “a fine balance of bravado, intensity, sensitivity and scholarly savoir-faire."
Crutchfield has also been involved in training the next generation of singers. He works repeatedly with young artists, developing the process from production to production. He served on the faculties of all three New York conservatories (Juilliard, Manhattan and Mannes) and he continues to devote the summer months to extensive training programs at Caramoor.
The results of Crutchfield's expertise can be experienced first hand at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts productions of "Lucrezia Borgia" and "Rigoletto" that are scheduled to take place Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 at 8 p.m.
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