Baritone Will Liverman, in his role debut as Figaro, sang with vocal suppleness and bright, tenor-like top notes.
Il barbiere di Siviglia, Utah Opera; Opera News
Praised by the New York Times as “mellow-voiced and charismatic” and Opera News for his “noble sound and bearing,” baritone Will Liverman is the winner of one of the top awards presented by the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation for the 2013-14 season. Also this season, he returns to the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he will sing Figaro in special family performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia as well as Fiorello in the same opera, Marquis in La traviata, the Registrar in Madama Butterfly, and Yvan in Die Fledermaus. He also joins the company for covers of Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Hunter in Rusalka, Montano in Otello, and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly. Also this season, he returns as a guest artist to the University of Chicago for performances of Handel’s Messiah in the summer, joins the Civic Orchestra of Chicago as the Husband in Les mamelles de Tirésias. His future engagements include debuts with Opera Philadelphia as Dizzy Gillespie in the world premiere of Schnyder’s Charlie Parker’s Yardbird and a return to Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Madison Opera and returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as a servant in Capriccio—while covering Olivier—and Frazier in Porgy and Bess in addition to joining the company for its production of Don Giovanni. Last season, in his first year with the company, made his debut as Brühlmann in Werther and subsequently sang the Sargeant in La bohème as well as covered Schaunard in the same opera and Marullo in Rigoletto. He also joined the company in scenes from La traviata in its Stars of the Lyric concert at Millennium Park conducted by Stephen Lord and its music director, Sir Andrew Davis for scenes of La bohème and Le nozze di Figaro with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. The baritone also sang his first performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Utah Opera and Orff’s Carmina Burana as a guest artist in performances presented by the University of Chicago.
Mr. Liverman was a grand finalist of the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Counctil auditions in which he sang “Batter my Heart” from Adams’ Doctor Atomic and Papageno’s suicide aria from Die Zauberflöte with Sir Andrew Davis conducting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Also in 2012, he earned his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, at which he sang the leading role of James Meredith in Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera, Kommilitonen!, under the direction of the work’s librettist, David Poutney. Previously at The Juilliard School, he sang Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Liberto in L’incoronazione di Poppea.
Other recent performances for the baritone include the Protestant Minister in Menotti’s The Last Savage as well as the cover of Schaunard in La bohème with Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist; Sacristan in Tosca and Mr. Jenks in The Tender Land while a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival; and the title role of Gianni Schicchi, Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, and John Brooke in Mark Adamo’s Little Women at the Brevard Music Festival. He made his Alice Tully Hall debut with the New York Festival of Song, collaborating with Steven Blier on a program entitled, “Road Trip.”
He has garnered awards in other major competitions, including first prize in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, the grand prize of the Bel Canto Foundation Competition, and an encouragement award from the George London Founfation. He is an unprecedented three-time first prizewinner of the Chicago National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition. He was also a second place regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Chicago, a third place regional winner in New York, and won an Encouragement Award in the Opera Index competition. Will Liverman holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College in Illinois.
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Listen to Will Liverman sing:
Sibillar gli angui d 'Aletto (Rinaldo - Handel)
♫ Sibillar gli angui d 'Aletto (Rinaldo - Handel).mp3
Estuans interius (Carmina Burana -Orff)
♫ Estuans interius (Carmina Burana -Orff).mp3
Batter my heart (Doctor Atomic - Adams)
♫ Batter my heart (Doctor Atomic - Adams).mp3
Largo al Factotum (Il Barbiere di Sivigila- Rossini)
♫ Largo (Il Barbiere di Sivigila- Rossini).m4a
Sudba (4 Russian Songs - Rachmaninoff)
♫ Sudba (4 Russian Songs - Rachmaninoff).m4a