Dwayne Croft made his LA Opera debut in 1999 as Don Giovanni, returning in 2006 as Germont in La Traviata. The 1996 winner of the prestigious Richard Tucker Foundation Award, the American baritone has established himself as a leading artist with prominent opera theaters throughout the world. He has appeared in more than 400 performances of 30 roles at the Metropolitan Opera, including performances of the title role in Billy Budd; Pelléas in a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande; the title roles in Don Giovanni, The Barber of Seville and Eugene Onegin; Count Almaviva in a new production of The Marriage of Figaro; and his creation of the role of Nick Carraway in the world premiere of John Harbison's The Great Gatsby. In his 2012/2013 season, Mr. Croft returns to the Met as Escamillo in Carmen, Ping in Turandot, Chorebe in Les Troyens, Rambaldo in La Rondine and Donner in Das Rheingold. Further operatic engagements include Sharpless in Pittsburgh Opera’s Madama Butterfly, and Walt Whitman in the world premiere performances of Oscar at Santa Fe Opera.