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Richard Croft
A Change of Pace

by Olivia Giovetti



Croft as the title role in the Salzburg Festivalís
production of Mozartís Mitridate, 2006
When Mohandas K. Gandhi made his oft-quoted declaration that we should be the change we wish to see in the world, itís unlikely that the Indian nationalist leader was aware of just how rapidly change would occur come the early years of the 21st century.

On the flip side of the coin, Darwin said, ďItís not the strongest, fittest, fastest, or smartest that will outlast others and ultimately survive, but those who adapt to change.Ē

Meeting somewhere in the middle of these two aphorisms is Richard Croft; a tenor who realizes that, in order to survive in the world of professional singing, itís not only essential to embrace change, but at times to advocate for it.

Growing up in Otsego County, N.Y. (a county famous for including Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and the Glimmerglass Festival), Croft recounts his first musical memory as his public elementary school education under the guidance of James Millen. The music teacher would wheel a piano from room to r...
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