Praised by The New York Times as “mellow-voiced and charismatic” and by Opera News for his “noble sound and bearing,” baritone Will Liverman is quickly gaining a reputation for his compelling performances, while making significant debuts at opera houses across the country.
This season, Will performs the leading role of Figaro in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia in engagements with the Seattle Opera and Kentucky Opera, and in March 2018 he performs the role of Papageno in The Florentine Opera’s production of The Magic Flute. He is additionally featured as Porgy in a concert version of the Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and as the baritone soloist in both Handel’s Messiah with the Seattle Symphony and in Carmina Burana with the Virginia Symphony. Recent highlights include performances as Dizzy Gillespie in the world premiere of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird with Opera Philadelphia, his role debut as Marcello in La Bohème with Portland Opera, debuts with Seattle Opera in Le Comte Ory (Raimbaud), Atlanta Opera in The Pirates of Penzance (Sam), and with the Dallas Opera, Madison Opera, Utah Opera, and Virginia Opera. Other performances include return engagements at Wheaton College, Madison Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Wolf Trap Opera; the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ The Manchurian Candidate (Andrew Hanley) at Minnesota Opera; and soloist engagements with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the University of Chicago, and with the New York Festival of Song.
Will is a recent recipient of a George London Award, a winner of the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition, and a recipient of a Gerda Lissner Charitable Fund Award, in addition to being a grand finalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. Previously, he was a member of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival. He holds his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College.