JOEL WILLIAMS
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Described by Opera Magazine as a singer "with flair, his tenor simultaneously caressing and resilient", Joel Williams is a graduate of King's College Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio, where he was the Kiri te Kanawa Scholar. He is a former member of the Verbier Festival Academy, a Britten-Pears Young Artist, a Young Artist at Opera Holland Park and an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera. Joel is the recipient of an Independent Opera Fellowship.
 
Between 2019 and 2021 Joel was a member of the Centre de Perfeccionament Palau de les Arts in Valencia, singing roles such as Basilio/Le nozze di Figaro, Bardolfo/Falstaff, Le Mari/Les mamelles de Tirésias, Don Luigino/Il Viaggio a Reims, Hirte and Stimme eines jungen Seemanns in Tristan und Isolde, Gernando in Manuel Garcia's L'isola Disabitata and Beppo in Pagliacci.

In the season 2021/22, Joel will join the Studio of Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, where his roles will include Scaramuccio/Ariadne auf Naxos, Gaston and Victorin in Die Tote Stadt, Parpignol/La bohéme, 4.Knappe/Parsifal and Nencio in Haydn’s L’infedelta delusa, in a new production by Marie-Eve Signeyrole. He will also return to the Palau de les Arts Valencia to sing Narr in a new production of Wozzeck.

Elsewhere, he has appeared as Delfa in Alessandro Melani's opera L'empio punito at the 2020 Innsbrucker Festwochen für Alte Musik, Le Ruisseau/Les Fêtes D'Hébé at Opéra de Bastille in Paris, Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni at Opera Holland Park, Lysander/A Midsummer Night's Dream, Count Belfiore/La Finta Giardiniera, the title role in Offenbach's Robinson Crusoe, Mayor/Albert Herring, Hexe/Hänsel und Gretel, Dr Blind/Die Fledermaus, all as part of the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio.
 
Joel made his operatic debuts as a boy treble at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Glyndebourne, playing Cobweb in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Die Zauberflöte’s Drei Knaben, and peasant-child in Puccini's Turandot. In oratorio he performed as the boy-king Joas in Handel’s Athalia with Paul McCreesh and toured with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  
Concert engagements include Stravinsky’s Threni with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur at the Verbier Festival, conducted by Valery Gergiev, Mozart’s Requiem with the Noord Nederlands Orkest, Verdi’s Otello (Act One) with the Cambridge University Musical Society conducted by Richard Farnes, Pärt’s Passio with the Choir of King's College Cambridge conducted by Stephen Cleobury, Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passions with Merton College Choir, Oxford, Handel’s Messiah with Bedford Choral Society, as well as performances throughout the UK of Mozart’s Requiem and Cavalli’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Vivaldi’s Magnificat and Gabrieli’s In Ecclesii. As a member of the Choir of King’s College Cambridge, Joel took part in numerous international tours, recordings and radio and television broadcasts.
 
In recital, he has appeared at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Leeds Lieder, the Barber Institute at Birmingham University, the Leeds University International Concert Series, the Victoria Rooms in Bristol and at Wigmore Hall, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
 
Joel is the recipient of the Somerset Song Prize, the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize, the Sidney Sussex Lieder Competition, second prize in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, and third prize in the Brooks-van der Pump English Song competition and the Joan Chissell Schumann competition. He was a Pembroke Lieder Scholar with Joseph Middleton and a finalist in the 2019 Royal Overseas League Competition.
 
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Opera|Concert
ComposerWork
BrittenA Midsummer Night's DreamLysander
BrittenAlbert HerringMayor
CileaAdriana LecouvreurPoisson
GarciaL'isola DisabitataGernando
HandelAlcinaOronte
HandelAriodanteOdoardo
HandelAcis and GalateaDamon
HolstSavitriSatyavan
HumperdinckHänsel und GretelHexe
LeoncavalloPagliacciBeppo (in preparation)
MelaniL'empio punitoDelfa
MozartLa Finta GiardinieraBelfiore
MozartDon GiovanniDon Ottavio
MozartLe Nozze di FigaroBasilio
MozartDie ZauberflöteTamino
OffenbachRobinson CrusoeRobinson Crusoe
PaxtonBel and the DragonDavid
PoulencLes mamemelles de TirésiasLe mari
RameauLes Fêtes D'HébéLe Ruisseau
RossiniIl viaggio a ReimsDon Luigino
StraussDie FledermausDr Blind
VerdiFalstaffBardolfo
WagnerTristan und IsoldeEin Hirte, Stimme eines jungen Seemanns
Opera|Concert
ComposerWork
BachCantata BWV 1 "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern"
Bach Cantata BWV 9 "Es ist das Heil uns kommen her"
BachCantata BWV 12 "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen"
Bach Cantata BWV 78 "Jesu, der du meine Seele"
BachCantata BWV 132 "Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn"
BachCantata BWV 140 "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme"
BachCantata BWV 182 "Himmelskönig, sei willkommen"
BachMagnificat
BeethovenMass in C
BrittenCantata St Nicolas, op 42Solo Tenor
BrittenCanticles I, II, IV
BrittenSerenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, op 31
CavalliMagnificat
GabrieliIn Ecclesiis
GardnerCantata for Christmas
HandelMessiah
HandelAlexander's Feast
HandelNisi Dominus
HandelTheodora
HaydnThe Creation
HaydnNelson Mass
J.S.BachJohannes PassionTenor
J.S.BachMatthäus-PassionTenor
LudfordMass for Tenor and Trebles
MendelssohnElijahall tenor solos
MonteverdiBeatus Vir
MonteverdiVespers
MozartMissa brevis in B flat, KV 275, Loretomesse
MozartRequiem
MozartKrönungsmesse
PärtPassio
Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle
RutterBrother Heinrich's Christmas
Saint-SaënsMesse de Requiem
ScarlattiDixit Dominus
SchubertMass in G
SchubertMesse in G, D 167
SchützPsalm 150
StravinskyMass
StravinskyThreni
VivaldiMagnificat

JOEL WILLIAMS: W. A. Mozart, Im Mohrenland gefangen war (Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Wigmore Hall, October 2019

W. A. Mozart, Terzetto Act 1 (Le Nozze di Figaro)

"[...] while Joel Williams [...] did not miss the opportunity to shine in the quasi bel canto serenata O Colombina, il tenero."
scherzo.es, Leoncavallo, Pagliacci - Palau des les Arts Valencia, May 2021
"The members of the Centre de Perfeccionament triumphed in their roles, both Amber Fasquelle as a sensual Lola, and Joel Williams with his delicate and exquisite Beppe."
opera actual.com, Leoncavalla, Pagliacci - Palau des Les Arts Valencia, May 2021
„Der britische[...] Tenor Joel Williams brillierte als Amme Delfa und Zweiter Stalliere mit warm timbrierten, beweglichem und deutlich artikuliertem Tenor.“
 
Das Opernglas, Melani, L'empio punito - Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, October 2020
"Auch der Tenor Joel Williams als alte Amme Delfa, Rocco Lia als basskräftiger Fährmann Caronte und Juho Punkeri als königlicher Berater Tridemo, [...], überzeugen vokal und szenisch."
faz.net, Melani, L'empio punito - Innsbrucker Festwochen Alter Musik , August 2020
"Ebenso beglückend waren die durchweg hervorragenden Sänger.[...] Besonders Joel Williams als Amme Delfa in grünem Dirndl und Lorenzo Barbieri als geplagter Diener Bibi (Leporello) traten mit darstellerisch beeindruckender Bühnenpräsenz auf[...]"
 
backtrack.com, Melani, L'empio punito - Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, August 2020
"L'empio punito läuft als "Barockoper jung" im Programm der Festwochen und präsentiert herrliche junge Stimmen in der spritzigen, stilgetreuen und doch modernen Inszenierung. Großartig, wie Tenor Joel Williams die weibliche Rolle der Amme Delfa im Dirndl bis hin zur Kopulationszene darstellt!"
 
br-klassik.de, Melani, L'empio punito - Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, August 2020

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