Douglas Williams

Douglas Williams, bass baritone, was born in Farmington, Connecticut. He trained in voice at the New England Conservatory, Yale School of Music, and Tanglewood Music Center. His repertoire spans many centuries: This season he has premiered a new work by Matthew Barnson with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and will appear in the debut recording of Henry Demarest’s “Circé” with the Boston Early Music Festival. He has appeared as a soloist with some of the great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and St. Louis Symphony. In opera he distinguished himself in the roles of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Nick Shadow,with conductors Edo de Waart and Barbara Hannigan. Always up for a challenge on stage, Douglas has created new opera productions with the choreographers Mark Morris and Sasha Waltz for Lincoln Center and the Dutch National Opera. His characterization of Pluto in Jonathan Dove’s “The Other Euridice” last season was called “one of Houston’s most riveting operatic portrayals in recent years’ (Texas Classical Review). Douglas is also a writer and a performer. He lives in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.

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