Baritone William Dazeley has appeared in opera houses the world over. His style and musicianship delights audiences and conductors alike. His Traveller in ‘Death in Venice’ drew a unanimous critical response. He has two world premieres to his credit, Jesus in Birtwistle’s The Last Supper and Hosaka’s Hanjo, and is a busy recitalist with concerts at venues including the Wigmore Hall and the Théâtre du Châtelet.
William Dazeley is a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge. He studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he received several notable prizes including the prestigious Gold Medal, the Decca/Kathleen Ferrier Prize and the Richard Tauber Prize and won such competitions as the Royal Overseas League Singing Competition and the Walther Grüner International Lieder Competition.
Most recently, William sang Claudius in Brett Dean’s new award winning Hamlet for Glyndebourne on Tour, the title role in Alessandro Talevi’s revival of Don Giovanni for Opera North and Count Capriccio for Garsington Opera. Further recent appearances include a return to Opera North as Faninal Der Rosenkavalier, Soldier Simplicius Simplicissimus (Independent Opera); Baron Douphol La Traviata for Glyndebourne Festival, Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Royal Festival Hall and Fauré Requiem with Ulster Orchestra.
William has appeared in many of the world’s opera houses, where roles have included Count Cherubin, Marcello La Bohème, Guglielmo Così fan tutte, Anthony Sweeney Todd, Yeletsky Queen of Spades, Mercutio Romeo et Juliette and Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Papageno The Magic Flute (English National Opera), Alfonso Così fan tutte, Yeletsky, title role Don Giovanni, Posa Don Carlos, Danilo The MerryWidow, Mr Gedge Albert Herring (Opera North), L’Ami The Fall of the House Usher, Count Le Nozze di Figaro (Welsh National Opera), Harasta Cunning Little Vixen, Starveling A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Glyndebourne Festival), Count Figaro, Figaro Barbiere, title role Owen Wingrave (Glyndebourne on Tour), Enrico Maria de Rohan (Buxton Festival), Figaro Barbiere (Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin), Count Figaro and Don Giovanni (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Dr Faust (Salzburg Festival and Théâtre du Châtelet), Scherasmin Oberon, Captain von Trapp The Sound of Music (Châtelet), Ferryman Curlew River (Opéra de Lyon and Edinburgh Festival), Count Figaro (Pittsburgh Opera), Zurga The Pearl Fishers (San Francisco Opera), Maximilian Candide (Teatro di San Carlo), title role Eugene Onegin (New Zealand Opera), The Brothers in concert with Bochumer Symphoniker, Adès’s Totentanz in Warsaw, Oedipus The Thebans in Bonn, Marcello La Bohème (Hamburg Staatsoper), Eisenstein Die Fledermaus (Bolshoi), title role The Fall of the House of Usher (Göttingen Festival), Ottokar Der Freischütz in concert with the OAE, Father Hänsel und Gretel (Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Garsington Opera), and Traveller Death in Venice (Garsington Opera).
In concert he has sung the title role Szenen aus Goethes Faust with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Celebrant in Bernstein’s Mass with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Barcelona, Schumann Requiem for Mignon (Gardiner/Monteverdi Orchestra), Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Herreweghe/Royal Flanders Philharmonic and at the Casa da Musica), Corigliano Dylan Thomas Trilogy (Slatkin/BBC Symphony Orchestra), Christmas Oratorio (Berlin Philharmonic), Mahmoud The Death of Klinghoffer (BBC Symphony Orchestra), Das Paradies und die Peri (San Francisco Symphony), Das Klagende Lied (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra), Carmina Burana (Orchestre du Capitole, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten War Requiem (Aspen Festival), L’Enfance du Christ (Davis/London Symphony Orchestra and Bayerische Rundfunk), Brahms Requiem (Gardiner/Monteverdi Choir) and L’Enfance du Christ (Bolton/Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg). World premières include Jesus in Birtwistle’s The Last Supper (Barenboim/Deutsche Staatsoper), later reprised at the Glyndebourne Festival, and Hosokawa’s Hanjo (Aix-en-Provence Festival and Théâtre de la Monnaie). William has also given recital performances at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, St George’s Bristol, at the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Cheltenham, Aix-en-Provence and Saintes Festivals with such noted accompanists as Graham Johnson and Iain Burnside, and at the Oxford Lieder Festival with Sholto Kynoch.
Engagements in 2018-19 include Pandolfe Cendrillon for Glyndebourne on Tour, and the Father Hansel & Gretel at Grange Park Opera. On the concert platform he sings Bernstein Mass at the L’Auditori Barcelona with Clark Rundell and the Orquestra Sinfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Vaughan Williams and Bach with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at Hoddinott Hall, and Christmas Classics with Raymond Gubbay at the Barbican Centre and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
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‘William Dazeley and Martineau give us another fine interpretation […] The restrained insistence of Dazeley’s singing proves persuasive in music that balances ornate imagery with stripped back simplicity of expression’ Tim Ashley ,Gramophone (April 2018)
“William Dazeley reprises his elegant portrayal of the Don. Dazeley’s seductive duet La ci darem la mano (there we will entwine our hands) with the delicious creamy-toned Zerlina of Kathryn Rudge leaves the audience in no doubt about his real intentions.” Geoffrey Mogridge, Ilkley Gazette (28 February 2018)
“Don Alfonso can be a thankless part – a largely unsympathetic character who goes through a three-hour opera without a proper individual aria. But Dazeley’s Alfonso subtly alters the dynamic of the evening. This Don is not a dusty old pedant, but a still-virile figure whose job is to remind his young companions that he was once in their shoes as one day they will be in his” The Guardian, Alfred Hickling (4 February 2016)
The latest instalment of Malcolm Martineau’s Fauré cycles. With Lorna Anderson, Louise Kemény, Isobel Buchanan, Janis Kelly (sopranos), Sarah Connolly, Ann Murray (mezzos), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Wiliam Dazeley and John Chest (baritone)s, Malcolm Martineau (piano)
Paul Carr – SEVEN LAST WORDS FROM THE CROSS
William Dazeley (baritone) with Chorus Angelorum and Bath Philharmonia conducted by Gavin Carr. The second disc of choral music from this popular English composer.
STONE RECORDS (2014)
Parry – FROM A CITY WINDOW
A recital of 27 songs from Parry’s English Lyrics featuring William Dazeley, Susan Bickley and Ailish Tynan accompanied by Iain Burnside.
Verdi – DON CARLOS
Cast includes William Dazeley (Rodrigo), Alastair Miles, Julian Gavin, Janice Watson and John Tomlinson. Conducted by Richard Farnes with the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North.