Roosevelt André Credit’s profound and spirited performances have shaped his career both nationally and internationally as a bass/baritone. He hails from Oakland, California, and currently hangs his hat in New York. Roosevelt made his Metropolitan Opera debut performing in the chorus of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and later performed in the chorus of Porgy and Bess. He is excited to return to the Metropolitan Opera in the Fall of 2023 as a cast member of X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X.
Roosevelt’s Broadway Shows and National touring company performances include the Tony Award-winning production of Show Boat, and the Grammy-nominated and Tony Award-winning production of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. His bass voice was featured in the Oscar-winning movie and soundtrack for 12 Years A Slave. Roosevelt’s original compositions were featured in the documentary Through Their Own Eyes, and he was music director and composer for some of the music in the award-winning documentary, Big Little Sis. He can also be seen in his cameo appearance as the Agent in All American Eyes.
Roosevelt Credit made his Carnegie Hall solo debut performing Schubert’s Mass in G, and was recently soloist in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with Master Voices. He has performed with The New York Philharmonic and Chorus, Bard Summerscape Opera and Festival, repeat guest soloist at the New York National Park Service African Burial Ground Juneteenth Remembrance Celebration, guest soloist with the NYFD/NYPD 911 Remembrance Commemoration Services Ladder 16, Engine Company 39 19th Precinct, Alvin Ailey Revelations Vocal Ensemble,
Spirit Weekend Soloist in Bangor Maine, Sing Ebenezer featured artist, soloist and member of The American Spiritual Ensemble. Roosevelt was also featured as a soloist at the Biennale Arte World Festival in Venice, and the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland. Other roles include Booker T. Washington in Ragtime, Joe in ShowBoat, Parson Altalk in Treemonisha, Henry in the White House Cantata, Jesus/Bass Soloist in the St. Matthew Passion by Bach, and other oratorios (Fauré Requiem, Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s B Minor Mass, and Songs of the Slave by Kirke Mechem.)
Roosevelt is the music director for Broadway Carolers, a member of the Choirs of St. Ignatius Loyola, a member of the David Broza Singers, founder of the Lappelle Choir which was featured at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and member of Okayplayers’ Soul at the Center Summer Concert opening for Lalah Hathaway at Lincoln Center. His original solo discography includes Letting Go, Ol’ Time Religion, and Get On Board. His choral and solo music is published with Morning Star Publications.
Roosevelt received the Most Distinguished Alumni Fellow Award from Oregon State University. Acknowledged for his humanitarianism and goodwill, Roosevelt was awarded the Theron Montgomery Award by the Broadway community three times, recognizing him as a positive role model both on and off stage. Roosevelt is the recipient of several American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) awards for his music composition skills, and he received the most prestigious award of Eagle Scout with the Golden Acorn District, Troop 254 of California.
Roosevelt is an active member of his community, including philanthropic associations with Covenant House, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, Women’s Breast Cancer Association, and other organizations.
Roosevelt holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Oregon State University, a Master of Music in Voice and Opera Performance from Northwestern University, and a Master of Music in Conducting from Northwestern University.