Will Crutchfield is a noted American conductor, musicologist, and vocal coach. He is the Director of Opera at the Caramoor International Music Festival and a frequent guest conductor at the Polish National Opera. From 1999 through 2005, he served as Music Director of the Opera de Colombia in BogotÃ¡. A specialist in the bel canto repertoire, he prepared the first performing edition of Donizetti's Ã‰lisabeth ou la fille de l'exilÃ© and conducted its world premiere at the Caramoor Festival on July 17, 2003.
In addition to his scholarly work on vocal style, Crutchfield was the youngest music critic in the history of The New York Times, where he was a regular contributor from 1983 to 1989. He has also authored numerous reviews and articles for Opera News, including his "Crutchfield at large" series.
In 2014 Crutchfield was named a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.