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.

Most recently, William sang Father Hansel & Gretel in his company debut for Grange Park Opera, Prosecutor Frankenstein in the world premiere of Mark Grey’s opera Frankenstein at Theatre de la Monnaie, Brussels, and returned to Glyndebourne on Tour to sing Pandolfe Cendrillon. Further recent appearances include Claudius in Brett Dean’s new award winning Hamlet for Glyndebourne on Tour, Count Capriccio for Garsington Opera, and Bernstein Mass at the L’Auditori Barcelona with the Orquestra Sinfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya.

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, Faninal Der Rosenkavalier,  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), Baron Douphol La Traviata, Harasta Cunning Little Vixen, Starveling A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Glyndebourne Festival), Claudius Hamlet, 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), Fauré Requiem (Ulster Orchestra), 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.

In the 2019-2020 season William makes his house debut at the Royal Danish Opera as Don Alfonso Così fan tutte, which subsequently embarks on a tour of Denmark, and sings the role of Music Master Ariadne auf Naxis for Opera de Montpellier, another house debut. Concert performances include Finzi’s In Terra Pax at London’s Cadogan Hall alongside the City of London Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Promoters please note: if you wish to include this biography in a concert programme etc, please contact Hazard Chase to make sure you receive the most up to date version.  Email: Tom Wood



Christmas with Hazard Chase

December 2nd, 2019

Festive concerts throughout the Christmas season

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Goodwin debut in Copenhagen

November 11th, 2019

Così fan tutte with The Royal Danish Opera

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UK Summer Opera 2019

May 20th, 2019

Hazard Chase artists in this year’s summer opera festivals.

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Holy Week 2019

April 5th, 2019

Hazard Chase artists celebrate the lead up to Easter

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‘Tis the Season

November 26th, 2018

HC artists’ concert performances this festive period

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Massenet CENDRILLON (Glyndebourne Tour 2018)

“William Dazeley is touchingly funny as Cendrillon’s put-upon father Pandolfe”
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, (15th October 2018)

“the ever-reliable hands of William Dazeley, singing with authority and presenting as credible a figure as the libretto allows”
MusicOMH, Melanie Eskenazi, (15 October 2018)

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Strauss CAPRICCIO (Garsington Opera)

‘William Dazeley’s Count is a heartier baritone, blunt and confident, communicating his aristocratic assurance with vigour.’
Claire Seymour, Opera Today (June 2018)

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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)

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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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Discography & Repertoire


William Dazeley (baritone) with Chorus Angelorum and Bath Philharmonia conducted by Gavin Carr.  The second disc of choral music from this popular English composer.


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)

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Sue Nicholls (Cambridge)
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Tom Wood (London)
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