WILLIAMS, BARITONE - Praised by the New York Times as “Magnificent,”
American Baritone Jorell Williams is pursuing a versatile performing
career. Recent engagements include the role of the Nurse/Lawyer
in the world premiere of Anthony Davis' opera Lear on
the second floor with the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton
University and for the Opera America National Opera Center Salon
Series, First Glimpse/Six Scenes with the American Opera
Projects (artist in residence for Composers & Voice 2011-2012
season), recording Celebrating the American Spirit with the Essential
Voices USA for National Public Radio (Judith Clurman, Conductor/Featuring
Ron Raines and Kelli O’Hara), and a Vocal Fellowship at the Steans
Music Institute with the Ravinia Festival, Recently, he performed
as soloist with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz as Lincoln Center in
the European premiere of Marsalis' Abyssinian Mass at
the Barbican during the 2012 Olympics in London.
of Jorell’s work include his off-Broadway debut as The Villager
with the New York City Center Encores! production of Kurt Weill's
Lost in the Stars, Captain Corcoran in Gilbert &
Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore (2011) with the Caramoor International
Music Festival, a Co-Production of Adolphus Hailstork’s Joshua’s
Boots with Opera Theater of St. Louis and Amarillo Opera
(Broadcast for PBS), The Muir with the Mark Morris Dance
Group, and performing as a guest artist with the Copland House
Center of American Music for the 42nd Annual ASCAP awards.
addition to being a Lys Symonette Award Winner from the 2011 Kurt
Weill Lotte Lenya Competition, he is a recipient of awards from
the Gerda Lissner International Competition, Schuyler Foundation
for Career Bridges, the Liberace Foundation, Sergei Koussevitzky
Foundation, David Adams art song competition, Civic Morning Musicals
Foundation, and the Charles A. Lynam Competition.
is a graduate of the Professional Studies Certification and Master
of Music Program at the Manhattan School of Music, and the Bachelor
of Music Program at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music.