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Biography

William Stone is a North Carolina native whose warm and powerful baritone lends elegance and style to a repertoire ranging from Mozart to Berg, with a special emphasis on the Bel Canto masterworks. He has had a thirty-five year career at the international level in the major theaters of the world. Mr. Stone’s engagements at the major opera houses in North America are impressive. His stage debut at the Metropolitan Opera was as Capulet in Romeo et Juliette, followed by Die Fledermaus (Falke), the new production of Moses und Aaron conducted by James Levine, Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico), Sharpless in Madama Butterf1y and John Plake in the new production of Sly with Placido Domingo.

His long association with the Lyric Opera of Chicago began with his creation of the role of Adam in the world premiere of Penderecki’s Paradise Lost and continued with the title role in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Schaunard in La Bohème, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and Paolo to Sherrill Milnes’ first Simon Boccanegra. His appearances at the New York City Opera reflect most of the leading roles in his repertoire (Germont in La traviata, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro [Live from Lincoln Center Telecast], Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Marcello in La Bohème, Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Valentin in Faust),and include particularly memorable performances of the title role in new productions of Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler, and Busoni’s Doktor Faust. In addition, Mr. Stone has appeared in lead baritone roles with the opera companies of Atlanta, Austin, Cleveland, Omaha, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Seattle, Spoleto-Charleston, North Carolina, Mobile and Santa Fe.

William Stone is one of few American baritones to have sung extensively in the major opera houses of Italy, and has twice opened the May Festival in Florence: as Wozzeck and as Oreste in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, conducted by Riccardo Muti. At the Rome Opera he sang the title role in Eugene Onegin, Golaud in Pelléas et Mé1isande and Malatesta in Don Pasquale. Other Italian opera engagements include Ezio opposite Samuel Ramey in Attila at La Fenice in Venice (telecast throughout Europe), and leading roles at La Scala, the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, and San Carlo in Naples. For three summers he also performed at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, where he was seen in the world premiere of Napoli Milionaria, directed by Eduardo de Filippo. He also appeared at Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice in the role of Sharpless in a production of Madama Butterf1y, directed by Renata Scotto and conducted by Bruno Bartoletti.

Frequently engaged in Belgium, the baritone made his stage debut as Germont in the highly acclaimed Karl Hermann production of La traviata at the Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels. He was re-engaged by the theater for the title role in Simon Boccanegra, Ford in Falstaff, Alfonso XI in La favorita, Chorèbe in Les Troyens, and Renato in Un ballo in maschera (Antonio Pappano conducting). At De Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, he gave his first performances of Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West and Michele in Il tabarro as part of Robert Carsen’s Puccini celebration.

Mr. Stone performed the Count in Le nozze di Figaro on a Chamber Orchestra of Europe tour (with Margaret Price, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Ann Sophie von Otter, & Bryn Terfel) conducted by Sir Georg Solti. In addition to these appearances with Maestro Solti in London, Paris and Cologne, Mr. Stone appeared as Sharpless in a new Robert Wilson production of Madama Butterf1y at the Opéra Bastille in Paris, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia in Stuttgart, Germont in La traviata in Frankfurt and in Nantes, Ford in Falstaff (telecast from the Aix-en-Provence Festival) and as Rodrigue in Don Carlos, and Oreste in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride at the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam.

A distinguished concert artist, William Stone has performed as a baritone soloist with every major orchestra in North America. He made his debut with the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur in performances of Carmina Burana, followed by performances of the Bach B-minor Mass and the St. Matthew Passion, also with Maestro Masur. His debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Seiji Ozawa in the North American premiere of Takemitsu’s My Way of Life led to his invitation to return to the orchestra the next season for the world premiere of Kirchner’s Of Things Exactly As They Are, also with Maestro Ozawa. His numerous European concert engagements include a command performance for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

Among his many recordings with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, William Stone can be heard on two Grammy Award Winning Telarc recordings: Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and Hindemith’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed, and on a solo recording of Arias and Songs by Robert Ward [Bay Cities]. His portrayal of Ford with Jose van Dam from the Aix- en Provence Festival is available on DVD.

Mr. Stone, Professor Emeritus of Voice and Opera at Temple University, was recently a voice teacher for the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program with the Washington National Opera, and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Currently, he is on the voice faculty at the Academy of Vocal Arts, and is the voice teacher for the Maryland Lyric Opera Young Artist Institute. He also maintains a private studio on Philadelphia.  ■

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Conductors

William Stone has performed with the following Conductors:
(partial list)

  • Gianandrea Gavazzeni
  • Georg Solti
  • Robert Shaw
  • Riccardo Muti
  • Seiji Ozawa
  • Kurt Masur
  • Essa-Pekka Salonen
  • Bruno Bartoletti
  • Christopher Seaman
  • Julius Rudel
  • Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Antonio Pappano
  • Sir Charles Mackerras
  • Keith Lockhart
  • Jahja Ling
  • James Levine
  • Charles Dutoit
  • Bertrand de Billy
  • Maurizio Arena
  • Marco Armiliato
  • Christian Badea
  • Allesandro Siciliani
  • Patrick Summers
  • Michael Palmer

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Opera Companies

William Stone has performed with the following Opera Companies:

  • Belgium:
    • Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels
    • De Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp/Ghent
  • France:
    • Opéra de Lille
    • Opéra de Montpellier
    • Opéra de Nancy
    • Angers Nantes Opéra
    • Opéra National de Paris (Bastille)
    • Théâtre de l’Opéra Comique, Paris
    • Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse
  • Germany:
    • Theater der Bundesstadt, Bonn
    • Oper Frankfurt
    • Staatstheater Stuttgart
  • Ireland:
    • Wexford Opera Festival, Wexford
  • Italy:
    • Teatro alla Scala, Milan
    • Teatro Communale di Firenze, Florence
    • Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa
    • Teatro San Carlo, Naples
    • Teatro dell’Opera, Rome
    • Teatro La Fenice, Venice
    • Teatro Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste
  • Netherlands:
    • De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam
    • Opera Zuid, Maastricht
  • North America:
    • The Atlanta Opera
    • Austin Lyric Opera, Texas
    • Baltimore Opera Company
    • Berkshire Opera Company
    • Canadian Opera Company, Toronto
    • Chautauqua Opera
    • Cleveland Opera
    • Lyric Opera of Chicago
    • Metropolitan Opera
    • Mississippi Opera
    • Mobile Opera
    • New Jersey State Opera
    • New York City Opera
    • Opera Colorado
    • Opera Omaha
    • Opera Company of Philadelphia
    • Orlando Opera
    • Peoria Opera
    • Portland Opera, Maine
    • Palm Beach Opera, Florida
    • Portland Opera, Oregon
    • San Francisco Opera
    • Santa Fe Opera
    • Seattle Opera
    • Washington Concert Opera
    • Washington Opera, DC

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Orchestras

Williams Stone has performed with the following Orchestras:

  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Napa Valley Symphony Association
  • San Francisco Symphony
  • Aspen Festival Orchestra
  • Hartford Symphony, Connecticut
  • Florida Symphony Orchestra
  • Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Florida
  • Miami Symphony Orchestra
  • Tampa Symphony Orchestra
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Honolulu Symphony Orchestra
  • Chicago Music of the Baroque
  • Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, Chicago
  • Portland Symphony Orchestra, Maine
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
  • American Symphony Orchestra, New York City
  • New York Philharmonic
  • Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
  • Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York City
  • Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, New York
  • Charlotte Symphony, North Carolina
  • North Carolina Symphony
  • Canton Symphony Orchestra, Ohio
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • The Cleveland Orchestra
  • Columbus Symphony Orchestra
  • Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Ohio
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Houston Symphony
  • San Antonio Symphony
  • Utah Symphony
  • Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Virginia
  • Seattle Symphony
  • The Toronto Symphony Orchestra
  • Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Orchestra Symphonique de la Monnaie, Brussels, Belgium
  • Kölner Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany
  • Orchestra Sinfonica dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome
  • RAI di Milano, Milan, Italy
  • Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, Japan

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International Music Festivals

William Stone has performed at the following International Music Festivals:

  • Aix-en Provence, France
  • Festival dei due Mondi, Spoleto, Italy
  • Abril Musical Leon, Mexico
  • Festival of Music by Krzysztof Penderecki, Krakow, Poland
  • French Opéra Comique Festival, Carnegie Hall, New York
  • Festival of Two Worlds, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Aspen Music Festival, Colorado
  • Bellingham Festival of Music, Washington

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