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June 2, 1929|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Died||March 5, 1979
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
|Cause of death||Suicide|
|Alma mater||University of Toronto|
|Occupation||Opera singer, actor|
|Spouse(s)||Dodi Protero (m.?–1972)|
Alan Crofoot (June 2, 1929 – March 5, 1979) was a Canadian operatic Heldentenor, character tenor specialist, and actor. He is best remembered as the host of Mr. Piper, a 1960s children's television series that aired on the CBC in Canada.
Crofoot was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He attended the University of Toronto where he earned a Master's degree in psychology. His operatic career began at the Canadian Opera, as Spoletta in Tosca, in 1956. Crofoot also appeared in stage productions of musicals such as Man of La Mancha, in London's West End, and Oliver! on Broadway and Winnipeg's Rainbow Stage.
He created the role of Josiah Creach in the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd's Markheim, with Norman Treigle and Audrey Schuh, in New Orleans (1966), as well as appearances at the New York City Opera (Herod in Salome, opposite Maralin Niska, in 1975) and the Metropolitan Opera (The Bartered Bride, directed by John Dexter, in 1978). Also in his repertoire was the Jailer/Inquisitor in Il prigioniero.
In the early morning hours of March 5, 1979, Crofoot jumped from his fifth floor hotel room window in Dayton, Ohio. He died of his injuries at Miami Valley Hospital shortly thereafter. At the time of his death, Crofoot was set to direct the production of Salome by the Dayton Opera Company.
Crofoot's manager, James Sardos, later said that Crofoot was generally happy but had been experiencing "fits of depression" caused by blood pressure medication he had been taking. On the night before his death, Crofoot had been drinking beer which Sardos believed reacted adversely with medication leading to Crofoot's death.
- Offenbach: Orphée aux enfers (Faris, 1960) EMI
- Floyd: Markheim (Schuh, Treigle; Andersson, 1966) VAI [live]
- Strauss: Elektra (Borkh, Schuh, Resnik, Rayson; Andersson, 1966) VAI [live]
- Smetana: The Bartered Bride (Stratas, Gedda, Vickers, Talvela; Levine, Dexter, 1978) [live]
- "Alcohol, medication may have led to tenor's suicide". The Calgary Herald. March 7, 1979. p. B18. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
- "Opera singer leaps to death". The Milwaukee Sentinel. March 6, 1979. p. 3. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
- Who's Who in Opera, edited by Maria F. Rich, Arno Press, 1976.