Jeffrey Williams has been hailed by Baltimore Sun, as "very likable, a winning performance sung with much confidence, phrasing everything stylishly," and Miami Herald as possessing a "commanding, sizeable, effortless, manly baritone." He has portrayed Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Marschner's Lord Ruthven in Der Vampyr, Lionel in the Philadelphia premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Maid of Orleans, Mozart's Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Tchaikovsky's Prince Yeletsky in Pique Dame, Rachmaninoff's Aleko, Mozart's Figaro, and others. Williams has been a Nashville Opera Mary Ragland Young Artist (where he appeared in the mainstage productions of Rossini's The Barber of Seville and Verdi's Otello and toured middle Tennessee in their outreach production of Billy Goats Gruff) and a Seagle Music Colony Young Artist. Williams is a frequent soloist in the oratorio and concert works of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Duruflé, and others. He has also taken part in the Russian Opera Workshop at the Academy of Vocal Arts, Middlebury College's Deutsch für Sänger Programm, and the John Duffy Composers Institute in conjunction with the Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk, Virginia premiering operatic works of living composers. Williams has received numerous awards including an Arleen Auger Memorial Fund Study Grant, the Cynthia Vernardakis Award at the Orpheus National Voice Competition, a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Mid-South Regional Finalist, the Baltimore Music Club Prize in Performance, and the George Castelle Award in Voice. He is affiliated with AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists), NOA (National Opera Association), CMS (College Music Society), NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), and has been inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies.
Williams received his D.M.A. in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, M.M. in Voice Performance from the Peabody Conservatory, and B.A. in Music from Muhlenberg College. Williams has taken on additional studies at the Sachrang Akademie in Sachrang, Germany, the Académie Musicale de Villecroze in Villecroze, France, and the Salzburg Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg, Austria. He considers himself fortunate to have worked with some of the world’s finest teachers/singers – Tom Krause, Helen Donath, John Shirley-Quirk, Sherrill Milnes, William Stone, Benita Valente, Francois Le Roux, James MacDonald, Robynne Redmon, and others. Some of his areas of interest include neglected Romantic Period music, vocal pedagogy and speech pathology connections, and intention in singing. For more information, please visit www.jeffreywilliamsbaritone.com.