William Davenport is receiving international attention for his strong yet lyric tenor and Italianate style. Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun said, “William Davenport has the makings of a significant tenor. There’s an immediately expressive and appealing quality in the timbre, one with quite an Italianate tint ” Upon his role debut of the Duca from Rigoletto with the Italian Opera Festival of Orange County, the Italian news reported, “The biggest ovation, however, was for William Davenport. The young tenor demonstrated a huge vocal ability.” Other leading roles include Edgardo with the Baltimore Concert Opera, the title role in Les contes d'Hoffman, Alfredo in La traviata, Riccardo in Verdi’s Oberto and Un ballo in maschera while attending the Academy of Vocal Arts and while obtaining his degree from Peabody Conservatory sang Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte.
Amongst his engagements have included: Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Delaware and Baltimore Concert Opera; and Rodolfo in La bohème with Opera Naples. His 2015/16 includes Nemorino with the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica; Rodolfo in Potenza (Italy) as winner of the first OperaLive Competition as well as a role debut as Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Opera Naples and debuts in the the title roles of Roberto Devereux at the prestigious Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova (Italy) and Guglielmo Tell with the Southern Illinois Music Festival.
In concert Mr. Davenport has performed: the Verdi Requiem with the Austin Symphony, National Philharmonic, Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy, Princeton Symphony, and New Jersey State Opera; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Concert Artists of Baltimore; Dvorák’s Mass in D with Columbia Pro Cantare; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
He is a Winner of the Veronica Dunne International, Opera Orchestra of New York Agnes Varis, Gerda Lissner Vocal, Giargiari Bel Canto, Licia Albanese, and Loren L. Zachary Society Competitions. He is a 2015 graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and continues his studies with Bill Schuman.
Photographer: Lauren Sowa