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Will Crutchfield

Will Crutchfield is a noted American conductor, musicologist, and vocal coach. He is the Director of Opera at the Caramoor International Music Festival and a frequent guest conductor at the Polish National Opera. A specialist in the bel canto repertoire, he prepared the first performing edition of Donizetti's Élisabeth ou la fille de l'exilé and conducted its world premiere at the Caramoor Festival on July 17, 2003.

In addition to his scholarly work on vocal style, Crutchfield was the youngest music critic in the history of The New York Times, where he was a regular contributor from 1983 to 1989.[1] He has also authored numerous reviews and articles for Opera News, including his "Crutchfield at large" series.[2]

Selected bibliography

  • Will Crutchfield (1983), 'Vocal Ornamentation in Verdi: The Phonographic Evidence', 19th-Century Music, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Summer, 1983), pp. 3–54.
  • Will Crutchfield (1989), 'The Prosodic Appoggiatura in the Music of Mozart and His Contemporaries', Journal of the American Musicological Society, Vol. 42, No. 2 (Summer, 1989), pp. 229–274.
  • Will Crutchfield (1988) 'Fashion, Conviction and Performance Style in an Age of Revivals' in N. Kenyon (ed.), Authenticity and Early Music: A Symposium, Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198161530




  • Crutchfield biography at Caramoor International Festival. Accessed May 6, 2008.
  • Holland, Bernard, Critic-Turned-Conductor Finds A Mission in Handel's Operas, New York Times, April 3, 1995. Accessed May 6, 2008.
  • Siff, Ira, Scholar (profile of Will Crutchfield), Opera News, June 2005, vol 69, no. 12. Accessed via subscription May 6, 2008.
  • A Donizetti Discovery, Reinterpreted, The New York Times, July 19, 2003. Accessed May 6, 2008.

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