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Howard Quilla Croft

Howard Quilla Croft was born just outside Huddersfield. He studied at the Royal College of Music where he won many prizes including the award for best singer. He then went on to the National Opera Studio generously supported by The Countess of Munster Trust.  Howard began his career at Glyndebourne where he won the prestigious Sir John Christie Award followed by The Shakespeare Scholarship from The Toefper Foundation of Hamburg for a promising young European Artist. Whilst at Glyndebourne he sang many roles including the title role in Don Giovanni, Schaunard La Boheme,Fiorello Il Barbiere di Sivigliaand Graf Dominik Arabella.

On the concert platform Howard has performed Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall and the Handel Festival in Halle, Germany. He performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. He has performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra on ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ on Radio 2 and with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Das Nush-Nushi by Paul Hindemith. Howard has sung with choral societies throughout the UK and Haydn’s Creation in Beauvais Cathedral, Paris.

Other roles have included Escamillo Carmen, Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro and Figaro Il Barbiere di Sivigliafor Castleward Opera; Escamillo Carmen and Lescaut Manon for English Touring Opera; Escamillo Carmen and Schaunard La Bohème for Raymond Gubbay at the Royal Albert Hall; a number of roles for Mid Wales Opera and Opera Holland Park; Guglielmo Cosi Fan Tutte at the International Opera Festival, Barbados and Marcello La Bohème for Central Festival Opera, Manz A Village Romeo and Juliet at theTeatro Lirico di Cagliari and Ramiro L’Heure Espagnole at the National Opera of New Zealand.

Howard was a contract principal at the Luzerner Theater, Switzerland where his more unusual roles included Allazim Zaide, Pappacoda Eine Nacht in Venedig, Sam Trouble in Tahiti, Herr Kopfreiter Kehraus um St Stephen (Krenek) and Montezuma in Vivaldi’s Montezuma.

An excellent musician, Howard takes a special interest in new works.  Roles created include Larry Landau in Sophie’s Choice at the Royal Opera House, Doktor in Leib.wache by Vassena at the Luzerntheater, Bursche in die Küche in Die große Bäckerei-Attacke by Kaldi for the Vienna Music Festival and soloist for Gärten der Schrift by Sanchez-Verdu at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. This summer Howard created Desmond in Entangled by Charlotte Bray for Nova Music Opera, performed at the Cheltenham International and Presteigne Festivals.  Recordings include Pritisch Die Lustige Witwefor EMI and Gärten der Schrift.

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"Howard Quilla Croft as the romantic spare-wheel Desmond Cussen gave a quietly shattering performance in these scenes. The lumbering double bass line that had accompanied his earlier scenes now broke into a quivering tremolando, and Croft pushed his baritone agonisingly into the tenor register as Desmond made his final despairing attempt to make Ruth see in him what she saw in the brutish David."

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Posted on September 21st 2015