American tenor Richard Croft makes his Seattle Opera debut as Don Ottavio, a role that he has sung with the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Opéra National de Paris. Croft has sung many Mozart roles, including Ferrando in Così fan tutte and Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Met, Ferrando in Houston and Washington, D.C., the title role in Idomeneo in Houston, and the title role in La clemenza di Tito for Dallas Opera and Santa Fe Opera. Other credits include Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia at the Met, Orphée in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice and the title role in Mozart’s Mitridate re di Ponto at Salzburg Festival, and Lurcanio in Handel’s Ariodante in Paris, Dresden, and Salzburg; these three roles figure among his extensive discography. Other roles in Croft’s repertoire include Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress, Pelléas in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Flamand in Richard Strauss’s Capriccio, and Septimius in Handel’s Theodora, all of which he has sung for Glyndebourne. In May 2006, he created the role of the Blind Harpist in the world premiere of Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel at Los Angeles Opera.