Jorell Williams – Baritone



JORELL 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.

Highlights 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.

In 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.

Jorell 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.