Vocalist - Baritone

Praised by the critic of the New York Times as a “sensitive and subtle singer” who is able to evoke “the special character of every song that he sings,” baritone William Sharp continues to garner critical acclaim for his work in concerts, recitals, operas and recordings. Among Mr. Sharp’s engagements in the 2019-20 season are Bach’s St. John Passion with Tafelmusik, and a return to the Bethlehem Bach Festival.

In the summer of 2019, Mr. Sharp sang Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with American Bach Soloists, a recital of Schoenberg and Weill at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and a program of Farwell songs in a return to the Washington National Cathedral. In the 2018-19 season, he returned to the PostClassical Ensemble for a concert entitled "I Sing the Body Electoral: Celebrating Walt Whitman" and as the title role in Bernard Herrmann’s Whitman for actor and orchestra, both at the Washington National Cathedral. He also joined South Dakota Symphony as soloist in a program of Dvořák, Gershwin and Ives, and sang Bach’s Mass in B Minor and cantatas in a return to the Bethlehem Bach Festival. In the 2017-18 season, Mr. Sharp performed a program of Schoenberg and Eisler with the PostClassical Ensemble at the Washington National Cathedral, with a reprisal later in the season with El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and returned to the Bethlehem Bach Festival. In the summer of 2017, Mr. Sharp joined the Brevard Festival in a recital of music by Weill and Schoenberg.

Mr. Sharp’s recent engagements include Charles Ives works with the Pacific Symphony; Bach’s Cantatas No. 32 and 49 with the Dryden Ensemble; songs by John Musto with New York Festival of Song; Copland’s “Old American Songs” with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under Marin Alsop; the role of Cosimo in the world premiere of John Musto’s The Inspector with Wolf Trap Opera; the world premiere of “Amichai Songs” by David Froom for the River Concert Series (Maryland); and singing Bach, Bernstein, Britten and Paulus compositions with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Other successes include appearances as soloist with the National Philharmonic in Brahms’s Requiem; soloist at the Washington National Cathedral in Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. John Passion; Schubert songs and works by John Musto at the Caramoor Festival; the world premiere of Anthony Brandt’s The Birth of Something with Da Camera Society of Houston; John Adams’s The Nixon Tapes with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, David del Tredici’s Gay Life with the San Francisco Symphony; the modern world premiere of Graupner’s Antiochus und Stratonice at the Boston Early Music Festival; and Scott Wheeler’s The Palace at Four A. M. with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

Mr. Sharp was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for his recording featuring the works of American composers such as Virgil Thomson and Lee Hoiby on the New World Records label. He can also be heard on the Grammy award-winning, world premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles on the Koch International label. In addition to his many recordings with Koch, he has also recorded for Vox-Turnabout, Newport Classics, Columbia Records, Nonesuch and CRI.

Following Mr. Sharp’s Kennedy Center debut, his Carnegie Hall recital debut was praised by Bill Zakariasen of the Daily News, who wrote that Mr. Sharp’s “musicianship is right on the button, his knowledge of styles seems infinite, and he has an infectious sense of humor.” He is a previous winner of the Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition.


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