Praised by The New York Times as “mellow-voiced and charismatic” and identified as a baritone to watch by Opera News, Will Liverman is quickly gaining a reputation for his compelling performances, while making significant debuts at opera houses across the country. He is a 2017 recipient of the George London Award.

Future engagements include his reprisal of the role of Dizzy Gillespie in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird with English National Opera as part of ENO’s new partnership with the Hackney Empire, with the Lyric Opera of Chicago for its Lyric Unlimited initiative, and with Madison Opera, after originating the role at Opera Philadelphia in 2015, and performing the role on tour at the Apollo Theater. Will also makes debuts with Seattle Opera as Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory, in his home state with Virginia Opera as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Portland Opera as Marcello in La bohème, and with the Las Vegas Philharmonic as the baritone soloist in Brahms’ German Requiem, and with Dallas Opera.

Recent performance highlights have included the roles of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Madison Opera and Utah Opera, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia and Beaumarchais in The Ghosts of Versailles at Wolf Trap Opera, Andrew Hanley in the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ The Manchurian Candidate at Minnesota Opera, Sam in The Pirates of Penzance at Atlanta Opera, the Husband in Les mamelles de Tirésias with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Protestant Minister in Menotti’s The Last Savage with Santa Fe Opera, and Mr. Noye in Noye’s Fludde as a guest artist at his alma mater, Wheaton College.

Expanding into the concert repertoire, he recently performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, in Orff’s Carmina Burana and Handel’s Messiah as a guest artist at the University of Chicago, and in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the South Dakota Symphony. Mr. Liverman made his Alice Tully Hall debut with the New York Festival of Song, collaborating with Steven Blier on a program entitled Road Trip.

Will concluded his tenure at the prestigious Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2015, during which he sang the roles of Figaro and Fiorello in special family performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia, Marquis in La traviata, Frazier in Porgy and Bess, and a Servant in Capriccio, and covered the roles of the Registrar in Madama Butterfly, Yvan in Die Fledermaus, Brühlmann in Werther, and the Sargeant in La bohème. His additional performances presented by the company include scenes of La bohème and Le nozze di Figaro with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

Additionally, as a young artist at the Glimmerglass Festival, he sang the roles of the Sacristan in Tosca and Mr. Jenks in The Tender Land. At the Juilliard School, he was featured in the leading role of James Meredith in Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera, Kommilitonen!, under the direction of the work’s librettist, David Poutney, and the roles of Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Liberto in L’incoronazione di Poppea.

In 2015, Will won the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition, and received the Gerda Lissner Charitable Fund Award, as well as won third prize in the Lissner Foundation’s Lieder / Song Competition, and received a top prize from Opera Index. Previously, he was a grand finalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, as well as a second place regional winner in Chicago, and a third place regional winner in New York. He additionally was a three-time first prize winner of the Chicago National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, first prize winner in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, a grand prize winner of the Bel Canto Foundation Competition, a recipient of a Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, a top award winner from the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation, and recipient of encouragement awards from the Opera Index competition and from the George London Foundation. He holds his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College in Illinois.

Virginia Opera – The Barber of Seville

Will Liverman as Figaro has a robust and rich tone and impressive rhythmic control, especially in the staccato runs, and an energetic, endearing charisma.”

Andrew Garrigue, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Atlanta Opera – The Pirates of Penzance

Baritone Will Liverman ably portrayed Samuel, the Pirate King’s sincere, earnest lieutenant.”

Mark Gresham, Arts Atlanta

Madison Opera – The Barber of Seville

The star of the evening was the young baritone Will Liverman in the title role of the barber Figaro. His voice has power and beauty throughout its impressive compass, including a ringing upper register to rival a tenor’s. Coupled with comic sensitivity and delightful physicality, Liverman must certainly be a singer to watch, and it is our fortune to hear him here.”

Jacob Stockinger, The Well-Tempered Ear

Opera Philadelphia – Charlie Parker’s Yardbird

Will Liverman was a vibrant Gillespie.”

Zachary Wolfe, The New York Times

“In the role of Parker’s famed friend and colleague, Dizzy Gillespie, baritone Will Liverman sings with both security and charisma.”

Patrick Clement James, Parterre Box

“Only in scenes with long-time collaborator and friend Dizzy Gillespie do we get an idea of Charlie Parker the musical genius and innovator. These scenes, with Will Liverman playing the beret-wearing Gillespie, crackle with electriciy, the singing of the two men achieving a truly jazzy interplay.”

Seten Pisano, Feast of Music

“And for the character of Dizzy Gillespie, sung by the eloquent baritone Will Liverman, who also showed fine legato.”

David Shengold, Opera News

“Baritone Will Liverman, made a promising company debut”

Andrew Moravcsjk, Opera Today

“When the trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (Will Liverman) appears and he sings with Parker, his friend and colleague, it feels like a jam session.”

Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal

“Will Liverman as a mellifluous Dizzy Gillespie”

Anne Midgette, Washington Post

“Baritone Will Liverman realized the part vividly by finding deep crevices of meaning.”

Peter Dobrin, Philadelphia Inquirer

Wolf Trap Opera – The Ghosts of Versailles

Virginia Beach native Will Liverman made an earnest Beaumarchais.”

Charles T. Downey, Classical Voice America

Chicago Bach Project – St. John Passion

Baritone Will Liverman sang admirably in Debussy and Korngold selections.”

John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

Minnesota Opera – The Manchurian Candidate

Will Liverman turns the cameo role of fellow soldier Andrew Hanley into a lovely showcase for his expressive voice.”

Todd O’Dowd, L’etoile Magazine

“Will Liverman had an effective cameo as Andrew Hanley.”

Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal

Harris Theater – Beyond the Aria

Will Liverman showcased an authoritative baritone.”

Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

“Then – and this was a major highlight of the evening – Liverman took over the piano and serenaded us as he played a composition he created by fusing together two works that spoke to the seasons – “If Ever I Would Love You” by Frederick Loewe and “All the Things You Are” by Jerome Kern.”

Amy Munice, Splash Magazine

Lyric Unlimited – The Magic Victrola

Baritone Will Liverman remains primus inter pares in the field of never-overdone comic performance and educational programs. His Papageno bird-man (yes, there was a Michael Keaton joke) kept the physical comedy going, and his strong singing and phrasing – in both English and German – drew the audience in.”

Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times

“Liverman’s vocally and physically agile Papageno led a uniformly fine vocal contingent.”

John von Rheim, Chicago Tribune

South Shore Opera Company of Chicago – Concert

Will Liverman, currently a member of the Ryan Center at Lyric Opera, proved he’s a young baritone to watch. he took Figaro’s iconic aria “Largo al factotum” from Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” and gave a fresh and relaxed performance, highlighting vocal agility and humorous ability. He followed thisup with a charismatic performance of the Toreador song from “Carmen” by Bizet.”

M.L. Rantala, Hyde Park Herald

Rising Stars at Lyric Opera of Chicago – Concert

Mr. Liverman has an excellent command of legato which he sustained throughout.”

Salvatore Calomino, Opera Today

Lyric Opera of Chicago – Barber of Seville

Will Liverman’s Fiorello had [us] wishing he was singing Figaro!”

Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

Utah Opera – Barber of Sevilee

Will Liverman sang the title role with warmth and a hint of mischief.”

Catherine Reese Newton, The Salt Lake Tribune

COMPOSER OPERA ROLE
Adamo Little Women John Brooke
Britten Noye’s Fludde Noah
Britten Rape of Lucretia Tarquinius
Corigliano Ghosts of Versailles Beaumarchais
Gershwin Porgy and Bess Jake / Lawyer Frazier
Mozart Don Giovanni Masetto
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Speaker
Orff Carmina Burana Baritone Soloist
Puccini La bohème Marcello / Schaunard
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Gianni Schicchi / Marco
Puccini Madama Butterfly Prince Yamadori
Poulenc Les mamelles de Tirésias Le Mari / Director
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Figaro / Fiorello
Rossini Le Comte Ory Raimbaud
Schnyder Charlie Parker’s Yardbird Dizzy Gillespie
J. Strauss Die Fledermaus Falke
Strauss Capriccio Olivier
Verdi Otello Montano
Verdi Rigoletto Marullo
Verdi La traviata Marchese d’Obigny