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New Tenor for ASO’s Season Opener

Dwayne Jones, a noted Australian singer who resides in London, was unable to resolve a visa and passport snafu and consequently could not get clearance to travel to the United States in time for rehearsals with the American Symphony Orchestra.  As a result, the tenor Richard Crawley has been brought in by the ASO to sing the title role in the orchestra’s season-opening opera-in-concert performance of D’Indy’s Fervaal at Lincoln Center.  The performance will take place at Avery Fisher Hall on Wednesday, October 14 at 8 PM.

Jones becomes one of an increasing number of artists and performers who have been denied entry to the United States for reasons that are unclear. 

A biography for Richard Crawley, and additional cast information, follows. 

Additional information about the ASO’s 2009-2010 season is available at


Richard Crawley, tenor

Richard Crawley recently performed the title role of Mascagni’s Il Piccolo Marat at Avery Fisher Hall with Teatro Grattacielo. Other recent engagements include Cavaradossi in Tosca (opposite Carol Vaness) with the San Francisco Opera, as well as additional engagements with San Francisco Opera in Eugene Onegin, Le grand macabre, Dr. Atomic and Norma; Don José in Carmen opposite Denyce Graves in Athens, Greece; Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, Don José in Carmen and Cavaradossi in Tosca with Hawaii Opera Theatre; Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana with Toledo Opera; Verdi’s Requiem with Dayton Philharmonic; a critically acclaimed Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the Chautauqua Opera as well as Dayton Opera; Riccardo in Un ballo in Maschera with Opera Santa Barbara; the title role of Faust at Portland Opera; and his role debut as Otello with the Oakland East Bay Symphony. Future engagements include a return to San Francisco Opera; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Hong Kong; highlights from Eugene Onegin and Pique Dame with Sacramento Opera; and Canio in I Pagliacci with Portland Opera.

Also an accomplished orchestral soloist, Mr. Crawley has performed Handel’s Messiah with the New Japan Philharmonic and the Tokyo Oratorio Society, as well as at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. He has sung Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony; Mendelssohn’s Paulus with the New Japan Philharmonic; the Evangelist/Tenor in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica; Haydn’s Harmonie Messe with the Syracuse Symphony; Haydn’s The Creation with Baltimore Choral Arts Society; Bach’s b minor Mass with Handel Choir of Baltimore; the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Concert Artists of Baltimore; and the Mozart Requiem with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and also at Carnegie Hall.


Vincent d’Indy: Fervaal, Op. 40

U.S. premiere, opera-in-concert

Leon Botstein conducts the American Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, October 14, at 8.00 PM

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center

All tickets $25


Fervaal: Richard Crawley
Guilhen: Deanne Meek
Afargard: Donnie Ray Albert
Kaito: Barbara Dever

Concert Chorale of New York, James Bagwell, director 

All tickets to the ASO’s Lincoln Center concerts are just $25 and are available by calling (212) 868-9276 (9ASO) or visiting All ticket sales are final.

Enjoy an illuminating pre-concert talk with American Symphony Orchestra Music Director Leon Botstein, at 6:45 pm in the auditorium of Avery Fisher Hall.

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