BRAHMS Excerpts from Requiem
WUORINEN “It Happens Like This”
Interview: Carmel Bach Festival
“The gifted young bass-baritone Douglas Williams” (The New York Times) combines a “formidable stage presence” (Seattle Times) with “a bass voice of splendid solidity” (Music Web International), making him one of the most appealing singing actors of his generation. He has collaborated with leading conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Nicholas McGegan, Helmut Rilling, Sir Neville Marriner, John Nelson, and Christoph Rousset, in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Stuttgart’s Mozart-Saal, and the Frankfurt Alte Oper. His repertoire reaches over four centuries, being a sought-after interpreter of Monteverdi, Handel, Bach, and Mozart, in addition to the romantic and modern eras.
Williams’ 2017/18 season features two productions with Opera Atelier: the title role in Marriage of Figaro, and Antinoo in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. Other highlights include a Messiah with Nashville Symphony, selections from Tosca with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, and baroque programs with Les Talens Lyriques in Paris, Versailles, and Oslo. Last season, Williams performed the role of Sciarrone in Tosca with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmoniker at the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus and made his debut as Figaro with Edo de Waart and the Milwaukee Symphony in a new production by Robin Guarino
Recent performance highlights include the American premiere of Scarlatti’s La gloria di primavera at Carnegie Hall and California’s Orange County and Bay Area with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan. He is featured on a recording of the work released on the Orchestra’s label in April 2016. He has performed the role of Caronte in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with Sash Waltz and Guests and conductor Pablo Heras-Casado and was also highly acclaimed as “Polyphemus” in the world premiere Mark Morris Dance Group production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea, (he recorded the work in 2015 with Boston Early Music Festival). His recording of Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers with BEMF won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.
Mr. Williams’ “superb sense of drama” (The New York Times) is as apparent on the concert stage as it is in opera. Concert highlights include a performance at Carnegie Hall of Charles Wuorinen’s It Happens Like This with the MET Chamber Ensemble and Handel’s Messiah with the National, Detroit, and Houston Symphonies. Other recent performances include Beethoven’s Missa Solemni, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, and Bach’s St. John Passion.
Mr. Williams trained at the New England Conservatory and the Yale School of Music. Raised in Farmington, Connecticut, he now lives in Berlin.