William Dazeley

William Dazeley


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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.


Full Biography

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.

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 Merry Widow, 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.

Recent engagements included 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.

Engagements in 2017/2018 include Claudius in Brett Dean’s Hamlet for Glyndebourne on Tour, title role in Talevi’s revival of Don Giovanni for Opera North and Count Capriccio for Garsington Opera.

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Email: Evie Parker



William Dazeley returns as Don Giovanni

February 12th, 2018

Opera North revives their 2012 production

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William Dazeley in Glyndebourne’s Hamlet

October 18th, 2017

Brett Dean’s Hamlet on Tour autumn 2017

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November 9th, 2016

Hazard Chase artists headline the cast list

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Oxford Lieder Festival 2016

October 13th, 2016

Sholto Kynoch curates ‘The Schumann Project’

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Der Freischütz at the Royal Festival Hall

June 2nd, 2016

Simon Bailey returns to the role of Caspar

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Mozart DON GIOVANNI (Opera North)

“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)

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Brett Dean HAMLET (Glyndebourne on Tour)

‘In his only aria-like moment, ‘O heavy burden, my offence is rank’, William Dazeley as Claudius gives a real sense of a soul wracked’
Jonathan Cross, Opera Magazine (December 2017)

“There were magnificent performances all round: William Dazeley’s Claudius and Louise Winter’s Gertrude both displayed a full, solid tone, indicative of their bulldozer resolve to seize power”

Barry Creasy, MusicOMH (25 October 2017)

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Opera North – COSI FAN TUTTE (Feb’16)

“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)

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Garsington Festival – DEATH IN VENICE (June 2015)

“William Dazeley (as the Traveller, etc.) donned his seven alter-egos with chameleon-like changeability, and sang his music in a lyric baritone that has darkened impressively in recent years.”
Opera, Hugh Canning, September 2015

“Today his (Steuart Bedford) interpretation is perfectly measured,  catching all the score’s febrile anxiety as well as its brief arcs of glowing lyricism and it’s brilliantly characterised vignettes of the Venetian scene.  The latter was populated here by a host of young singers,  all of whom made their mark as Britten intended, and presided over by William Dazeley, splendidly sinister and incisive in a variety of guises and personae.”
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, June 22 2015

“Most of the secondary characters are conflated into a single multiple role,  played here by William Dazeley.  Excellent casting again,  as Dazeley has both a fine baritone (the pick of the voices) and the acting ability to transform instantly from one character to the next.  The sheer dramatic conviction of his production is one of it’s defining qualities,  for which Dazeley deserves much of the credit”

“Next to Nilon in centrality are the seven baritone roles undertaken by one singer – those of the characters such as the Traveller,  the Elderly Fop,  the Hotel Manager,  the Hotel Barber and others,  who seem to be leading Aschebach towards his own death.  William Dazeley personifies these perfectly,  singing each one with distinction and managing with alacrity the quick changes necessary between them”
George Hall, The Stage, 22 June 2015

“William Dazeley’s handsomely-phrasing baritone has a dark colour right for the harbinger of death.  This is a bass-baritone role written for the superlative John Shirley-Quirk – and he brings the right sinister quality to the falsettos of the creepy fop, hotel barber and leader of the travelling players.”
David Nice, The Arts Desk, 22 June 2015

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Chelsea Opera Group – LE ROI DE LAHORE

“William Dazeley ably took the role of the slippery minister, Scindia … it is very beautifully coloured and shaped.”
Mark Pullinger, bachtrack, 2 March 2015

“COG’s cast was a strong one … William Dazeley’s focused baritone helped him define a suitably villainous Scindia.”
George Hall, The Guardian, 2 March 2015

“William Dazeley was an excellent Scindia who cleverly utilised his baritone voice to demonstrate malevolence alongside a degree of desperation.”
Sam Smith, musicOMH, 1 March 2015


“The performance really took flight with the emergence of William Dazeley as Carl Gustav – demonstrating that his virile Baritone is developing in a way that should lead to his assuming some of the heavier Verdi roles … He uses text well and his duet with Cristina created the most exciting section of the evening”
Alexander Campbell, Classical Source, November 2014

Buxton Festival – MARIA DI ROHAN (July 2011)

“It’s ultimately the men, more sharply drawn, who give the work its force. John Bellemer is the easy-voiced, charismatic Chalais, though it’s William Dazeley’s elegant, violent Chevreuse who steals the show.”
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 10 July 2011

Opera North – DON CARLOS – May 2009

“baritone William Dazeley exudes such powerful charisma as Marquis of Posa that the production seems to lose its sense of purpose after his demise”
The Guardian, 23 May 2009

“William Dazeley’s Rodrigo has style and substance”
Financial Times, 5 May 2009

“As this line-up shows, Opera North has flair…A lyrical, sympathetic William Dazeley shone as Posa.”
The Observer, 10 May 2009

Opera North – LET ‘EM EAT CAKE

“William Dazeley and Bibi Heal make a visually charismatic and vocally accomplished first couple”
The Guardian, 31 January 2009

“William Dazeley, his baritone as focused and robust as his presedential ego”
The Times, 2 February 2009

Opera North – OF THEE I SING

“Moving from the manipulative candidate to the lovelorn Wintergreen, William Dazeley is vocally ideal”
Yorkshire Post, 10 October 2008

“William Dazeley leads the cast with charisma as Wintergreen, doing an all-round good job of singing, dancing and acting.”
www.Musicalcriticism.com, 7 November 2008

“Dazeley is perfect as all-American President John P Wintergreen””
www.metro.co.uk, 9 October 2008

“William Dazeley deploys sufficient matinee-idol charm as the leading man.”
The Guardian, 7 October  2008

“Strong performances from William Dazeley as the wide-eyed Wintergreen.”
www.thestage.co.uk, 6 October 2008

“Suave turns from William Dazeley’s President”
The Observer, 26 October 2008

“Several members of the cast have returned from Opera North’s 1998 production, notably the assured William Dazeley as Wintergreen”
The Daily Telegraph, 8 October 2008

Scottish Opera – FALSTAFF (Ford)

“Above all, this was an ensemble performance of the sort Verdi intended, where no voice stood out over another – yet with Maria Costanza Nocentini as Alice, Leah-Marian Jones as Meg Page, Lucy Crowe as Nannetta, William Dazeley as Ford and Sally Burgess as Mistress Quickly it was full of fine touches, bound together by Peter Robinson’s vivacious, light-footed conducting.”
The Herald, 19 May 2008

“And a special word must be said for William Dazeley as Ford. In his scene of jealousy in Act II, he generated a moment of tragic drama, the only one in the opera, singing with a real beauty of tone and gravity of manner.”
The Independent, 16 May 2008

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Discography & Repertoire

A recital of 27 songs from Parry’s English Lyrics featuring William Dazeley, Susan Bickley and Ailish Tynan accompanied by Iain Burnside.



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.

CHANDOS Opera in English (2009)


Cast includes William Dazeley, Yann Beuron, Karen Cargill and Peter Rose.  Conducted by Sir Colin Davis with the London Symphony Orchestra.

LSO live (2007)

Artist Manager

Sue Nicholls (Cambridge)
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Assistant Artist Manager

Evie Parker (Cambridge)
01223 706414