Jorell Williams is an American operatic baritone with a wide variety of experience from standard repertoire to premiere pieces. This season, Mr. Williams debuts as Le Genie Oroès in the American premiere of Rameau’s Sympathie (or Acante et Céphise) with Victory Hall Opera, returns to the Caramoor International Music Festival as Nardo in a remount of On-Site Opera’s production of La finta giardiniera, directed by Eric Einhorn, and reprises his role as a soldier in Matt Aucoin’s Crossing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, directed by Diane Paulus. He is also featured with the Juneau Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Faure’s Requiem, the Five Boroughs Music Festival, and premieres new works by Libby Larsen and Daren Hagen with the Phoenix Concerts series in New York City.
A former resident artist of the American Opera Projects Composers and the Voice series from 2011-2014, Jorell is a much in demand interpreter of contemporary opera, and has created roles in several world premieres, notably: Hilliard and Boresi’s Blue Viola at Urban Arias; Matt Aucoin’s Crossing with the American Repertory Theater; John David Earnest’s The Theory of Everything with Encompass New Opera Theater; Anthony Davis’ Lear on the Second Floor at the University of San Diego; John Musto’s Bastianello with Rochester Lyric Opera; and workshops of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys and Michael Torke’s Senna with the Metropolitan Opera.
His concert engagements include the baritone solos in Ginastera’s Estancia with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra; Dvorak in America with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra; Jennifer Hidgon’s Dooryard Bloom with the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey; Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra; and John Musto’s River Songs with Songfest – Los Angeles. Mr. Williams has recorded world premieres by Wynton Marsalis, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, David Lang’s Difficulty of Crossing a field with Beth Morrison Projects (Opera News top critics’ choice of 2015), and most recently, Jennifer Higdon’s 2017 Grammy nominated Cold Mountain with the Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Williams has toured as a soloist with the Mark Morris Dance Group. He had the honor to perform with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in “A Celebration of America” at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on the occasion of the first Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama, as well as the European premiere of Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass at the Barbican during the 2012 Olympics in London,