Meet the Cast: tenor, Will George

11 Sep

willheadshotjpgI’ve had the pleasure of working with Will George in a number of contexts over the past few years. As artistic director of Vancouver’s Erato Ensemble, Will shows his passion for new music by filling concerts and seasons with new works written by local and living composers! He’s been a key component of Art Song Lab‘s performance faculty and sings in a rock band called Horse Opera, to show that he’s not just a one-trick pony!

I love his voice and he’s a delight to work with, so I’m thrilled he will be singing the tenor role in Diagnosis: Diabetes. In most scenes, the tenor role is Charlie, the opera’s protagonist, but he also sings his own father in Scene 1, when Charlie is just a child.

Read more below, and stay tuned for more introductions!

Tenor William George has performed with many international musical organizations, including Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Savonlinna (Finland) Festival, the Aldeburgh (England) Festival, the Stockholm Tonsattarfestival, Philippines Symphony, Elysium Festival and at Carnegie Hall. He has toured the country as Count Almaviva with New York City Opera, and as Don Ottavio with Western Opera Theater. Recent performances include the world premiere of Enigma by electronic composer BarryTruax (a work that was composed for him) with Vancouver New Music, Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Carmina Burana with City Opera Vancouver, Messiah with Victoria Symphony, and concerts with Vancouver International Song Institute, Vancouver Chamber Choir, and Erato Ensemble.
As a recitalist, Mr. George has appeared in the U.S., England, and Sweden, and has been featured in a recital for Japan’s NHK network television. His recordings include Geometrics by L.Warde and Brent Michael David’s Viola Jokes, with acclaimed violist Melia Watras. A specialist in contemporary music, Mr. George has sung several prestigious North American premieres, including the role of Hermes in Sir Michael Tippett’s King Priam, Edgar Allen Poe in Augusta Read Thomas’ Ligeia, and Kenneth Leighton’s Symphony #3. He also received acclaim for his performances of Tippett’s song cycles at Tippett festivals in Stockholm and Sacramento, and Benjamin Lees’ Echoes of Normandy. A recent pet project was the research and performance of the complete vocal works of South African composer Priaulx Rainier.
Mr. George received his Masters of Music degree from the University of Southern California, where he was honored as Outstanding Graduate from the school of music.
Also a composer, William’s songs and vocal chamber works have been performed in Canada, the United States and Europe. He recently was honored with induction to the Canadian Music Centre as Associate Composer. Visit his publishing website at www.arrowsongs.com.
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