Jorell Williams

Hailed for his “magnificent, rich toned” baritone and his “perfect” comic timing (New York Times), Jorell Williams is gaining international success on both the operatic and concert stages. His 2016-2017 season includes debuts with Seattle Opera, Atlanta Opera, On-Site Opera, the Kingston Chamber Choir, and reprises the role of Vernon Addams, a role he created, in Hilliard and Boresi’s Blue Viola with Lyric Opera of the North.

In the 2014-2015 season, Jorell joined the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program in productions of La Fille du Régiment, Rigoletto, and the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, released on the PENTATONE music label. He also performed in world premieres for composer/conductor Matt Aucoin’s Crossing with the American Repertory Theater (Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus), Hilliard and Boresi’s Blue Viola with Urban Arias (Directed by Emmy Nominee Tazewell Thompson), and Independence Eve, an Opera produced by American Opera Projects’ Composers and the Voice series. Additional performances include Jennifer Hidgon’s oratorio Dooryard Bloom with the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, Carmen with Finger Lakes Opera, Handel’s Agrippina with Operamission, Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess with Syracuse Opera, Daniel Sonenberg’s Summer King, produced by Portland Ovations, and La Boheme with Opera on the Avalon.

Jorell has performed with PORTOpera, Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Caramoor Music Festival, Opera North, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Songfest LA, Copland House, New York City Encores, and has sung in concert with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, South Dakota Symphony, Eugene Symphony, and Omaha Symphony.

The 2015 first place winner of the American Prize and a two-time medal award winner of the American Traditions Competition, Jorell was a recipient of the 2016 Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship at Songfest, and garners awards from the Gerda Lissner International Competition, Kurt Weill Foundation, Liberace Foundation, Koussevitzky Foundation, Licia Albanese Puccini Competition, Schuyler Career Bridges Foundation, the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM), and the Charles A. Lynam Competition.

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