Douglas Williams (USA) Silvandre, Zulliman


Acclaimed as a “gifted young bass-baritone” (The New York Times), Douglas Williams combines a “formidable stage presence” (The Seattle Times) with “a bass voice of splendid solidity” (Music Web International), making him one of the most appealing singing actors of his generation. He has collaborated with leading conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Nicholas McGegan, Helmut Rilling, Sir Neville Marriner, John Nelson and Christoph Rousset, in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Stuttgart’s Mozart-Saal and the Frankfurt Alte Oper. With a repertoire that reaches over four centuries, he is a sought-after interpreter of Monteverdi, Handel, Bach and Mozart, in addition to the romantic and modern eras.


Douglas Williams’ “superb sense of drama” (The New York Times) is as marked on the concert stage as it is in opera. Recent highlights include the American premiere of Scarlatti’s La gloria di primavera at Carnegie Hall and California’s Orange County and Bay Area with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan; baroque programs with Les Talens Lyriques in Paris, Versailles, and Oslo; a performance at Carnegie Hall of Charles Wuorinen’s It Happens Like This with the MET Chamber Ensemble; and Messiah with Nashville, Detroit and Houston National Symphonies.


Douglas Williams is featured on the recording of Scarlatti’s La gloria di primavera released on the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra’s label in April 2016. His recording of Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers with Boston Early Music Festival won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.