William DavenportTenor

William Davenport is receiving attention for his strong yet lyric tenor and Italianate style. Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun said, “William Davenport has the makings of a significant tenor. There’s an immediately expressive and appealing quality in the timbre, one with quite an Italianate tint…” Upon his role debut of the Duca from Rigoletto with the Italian Opera Festival of Orange County, the Italian news reported, “The biggest ovation, however, was for William Davenport. The young tenor demonstrated a huge vocal ability.” His other leading roles include Edgardo with the Baltimore Concert Opera, the title role in Les Contes Hoffman, Alfredo in La Traviata, Riccardo in Verdi’s Oberto and Un Ballo in Maschera while attending the Academy of Vocal Arts and while obtaining his degree from Peabody Conservatory sang Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, and Tamino in the Magic Flute.
In recent seasons, he has sung Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica and Opera Delaware and Rodolfo in La bohème with Opera Naples. His 2015/16 season included: Rodolfo, as winner of the first OperaLive Competition in Potenza, Italy; debuts of Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Opera Naples and the title role in Roberto Devereux at the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova and debut of Arnold in Gugliemo Tell with SI Music Festival. His 2016/17 season includes: house debut at the Palau de les Artes in Valencia, Spain as Nemorino and role debut in Lucrezia Borgia; he reprises Nemorino with the Orlando Philharmonic; he returns to Genova as Alfredo in La Traviata; and a Gala concert in Dublin, Ireland.
In concert Mr. Davenport has performed: Verdi Requiems with Austin Symphony, National Philharmonic, Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy, Princeton Symphony, and New Jersey State Opera; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Concert Artists of Baltimore; Dvorák’s Mass in D with Columbia Pro Cantare; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
He is a Winner of the Veronica Dunne International, Opera Orchestra of New York Agnes Varis, Gerda Lissner Vocal, Giargiari Bel Canto, Licia Albanese, and Loren L. Zachary Society Competitions. He is a 2015 graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.