Ross Crolius, Basso Profundo, retired from the Metropolitan Opera after spending twenty-five years with the company as a full-time chorister and comprimario soloist. During that time he performed more than180 performances each season in operas ranging from Handel to Philip Glass, singing in six languages. He performed in nearly 50 “Live from the Met” telecasts as well as singing in a half dozen opera recordings under the direction of Maestro James Levine.  During his career at the Met, Ross was chosen to perform a number of small solo roles in many operas including Rigoletto, IL Trovatore, I Pagliacci, La Boheme, Andrea Chenier and Der Rosenkavalier.  Despite the demands of his rigorous Met schedule, Mr. Crolius continued to remain active as a concert soloist and recitalist in the New York area.

Mr. Crolius’ prior musical background includes two seasons performing with the Gregg Smith Singers, a three year enlistment in the Soldiers Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, and degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music. Since his retirement from the Met, Ross has shifted his focus to teaching voice and lecturing about opera. As a teacher, he worked as a sabbatical replacement in the voice departments at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and Westfield State University, in Westfield, MA. And as an opera lecturer, Ross kept very busy presenting opera talks throughout the New York City region.

Mr. Crolius and his wife Nancy, also a former Met Opera chorister, moved to Maine in the summer of 2018.

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