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 reprises his performances of Dizzy Gillespie in Schnyder’s Charlie Parker’s Yardbird with Gotham Chamber Opera at the historic Apollo Theater after creating the role in the world premiere last season with Opera Philadelphia. Also in the 2015-16 season, he makes debuts with Seattle Opera as Raimbaud in Le comte Ory and Atlanta Opera as Sam in The Pirates of Penzance and returns to his alma mater of Wheaton College as a guest artist, singing Mr. Noye in Noye’s Fludde. He also sings Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the South Dakota Symphony.
In the 2014-15 season, he also joined Madison Opera as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Wolf Trap Opera as Beaumarchais in The Ghosts of Versailles, and Minnesota as Andrew Hanley in the world premiere of Puts’ The Manchurian Candidate in addition to returning to the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for Mozart’s Mass in c minor. Last season also marked the end of his tenure in the prestigious Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago at which he sang Figaro in special family performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia as well as Fiorello in the same opera, Marquis in La traviata, Frazier in Porgy and Bess, a Servant in Capriccio—while covering Olivier, the Registrar in Madama Butterfly, and Yvan in Die Fledermaus, Brühlmann in Werther, the Sargeant in La bohème as well as for its productions of Rusalka, Don Giovanni, Otello, and Rigoletto. His additional performances presented by the company include scenes of La bohème and Le nozze di Figaro with Sir Andrew Davis conducting Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Other recent performances for the baritone include Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Utah Opera and the Husband in Les mamelles de Tirésias with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and, on the concert stage, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Handel’s Messiah as a guest artist at the University of Chicago. He sang 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 and while a young artist at the Glimmerglass Festival, he sang the Sacristan in Tosca and Mr. Jenks in The Tender Land. He made his Alice Tully Hall debut with the New York Festival of Song, collaborating with Steven Blier on a program entitled “Road Trip.”
Mr. Liverman is a winner of one of the top awards presented by the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation in the 2013-14 season, a 2013 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, and was 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. 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. Also while at The Juilliard School, he sang Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Liberto in L’incoronazione di Poppea.
Additionally, 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. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College in Illinois.
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Listen to Will Liverman sing:
Largo al Factotum (Il Barbiere di Sivigila- Rossini)
♫ Largo (Il Barbiere di Sivigila- Rossini).mp3
Fountain Scene (Pelleas et Mellisande - Debussy)
- with Mezzo Soprano Julie Miller
♫ Will Liverman - Fountain Scene (Pelleas et Mellisande - Debussy).mp3
Duet (Charlie Parker's Yardbird - Schnyder)
- with Tenor Lawrence Brownlee
♫ Will Liverman - Duet (Charlie Parker's Yardbird - Schnyder).mp3
Steel Away (Okepebholo: Steal Away 2014)
♫ Will Liverman - Steal Away (Okpebholo;Steal Away).mp3
Deep River (Okepebholo: Steal Away 2014)
♫ Will Liverman - Deep River .mp3
Sibillar gli angui d 'Aletto (Rinaldo - Handel)
♫ Sibillar gli angui d 'Aletto (Rinaldo - Handel).mp3
Black Max (Cabaret Songs - Bolcom)
♫ Black Max (Cabaret Songs - Bolcom).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
Sudba (Four Russian Songs - Rachmaninoff)
♫ Sudba (4 Russian Songs - Rachmaninoff).m4a