Called “one of the most versatile singing artists performing today” (Bachtrack), Will Liverman is quickly gaining a reputation for his compelling performances, while making significant debuts at opera houses across the world. He is a 2019 Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient, which recognizes extraordinary emerging classical artists of color who demonstrate artistic excellence, outstanding work ethic, and ongoing commitment to leadership.

Liverman makes his Metropolitan Opera debut this season as Malcolm Fleet in Nico Muhly’s Marnie. Additionally this season, he appears with the Prototype Festival as the Sorcerer in Mila, Great SorcererTulsa Opera as The Pilot in The Little Prince, with Opera Philadelphia and Dallas Opera as Schaunard in La bohème, and with Santa Fe Opera as the Foreman at the Mill in Jenůfa and Schaunard in La bohème.

Liverman has performed the leading role of Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia with Seattle Opera, Virginia Opera, Kentucky Opera, Madison Opera and Utah Opera. He originated the role of Dizzy Gillespie in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird with Opera Philadelphia, in addition to performing the role with English National Opera, at the Apollo Theater, and with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Madison Opera. Other recent highlights include the role of Tommy McIntyre in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Fellow Travelers for its Lyric Unlimited initiative; Papageno in The Magic Flute with Florentine Opera and Central City Opera; his role debut as Marcello in La bohème with Portland Opera; his debut with Seattle Opera as Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory; Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia and Beaumarchais in The Ghosts of Versailles with Wolf Trap Opera; Andrew Hanley in the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ The Manchurian Candidate with Minnesota Opera; Sam in The Pirates of Penzance with 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 Noyes Fludde as a guest artist at Wheaton College.

Expanding into the concert repertoire, Liverman performed the title role in a concert version of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and was a featured soloist in Brahms’ Requiem with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, in Handel’s Messiah with the Seattle Symphony, in Carmina Burana with the Virginia Symphony, in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago,

in Orff’s Carmina Burana and Handel’s Messiah as a guest artist at the University of Chicago, in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the South Dakota Symphony, and at the New York Festival of Song, in addition to returning to his alma mater Wheaton College as part of the Artist Concert Series together with tenor Larry Brownlee.

Liverman 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 Sergeant 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 Lincoronazione di Poppea.

In 2017, Liverman received a 3Arts Award, a George London Award, and was recognized as a classical division Luminarts Fellow by the Luminarts Cultural Foundation. In 2015, he won the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition, received the Gerda Lissner Charitable Fund Award, won third prize in the Lissner Foundation’s Lieder/Song Competition, and received a top prize from Opera Index. He was a grand finalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, 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, and a top award winner from the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation.

He holds his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College in Illinois.

Seattle Opera – Il barbiere di Siviglia

Liverman’s warm, agile baritone was enhanced by a suave and savvy stage presence.”

Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times

Portland Opera – La bohème

Will Liverman was an exemplary Marcello, handsome of voice, full of energy.”

Mark Mandel, Opera News

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 Sevile

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

Catherine Reese Newton, The Salt Lake Tribune