William Davenport, tenor
Tenor William Davenport is rapidly garnering attention for his strong yet lyric tenor and Italianate style. Of his performance in La Traviata, the Baltimore Sun remarked, “He already knows how to shape a Verdi melody quite elegantly.” A native of Maryland, he is currently in his third and final year at the Peabody Conservatory, in Baltimore, where he studies with Dr. Stanley Cornett. A frequent performer on the Peabody stage, in both opera and concert, Mr. Davenport has been heard most recently as tenor soloist in Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle with the Peabody Singers. Also this fall, he was chosen to sing “Che gelida manina,” from La boheme, in concert under conductor Karin Hendrickson. Previous concert credits include tenor soloist in Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, also with Peabody, Mozart by Candlelight with Annapolis Opera, and a Messiah with the Frederick Chamber Singers and Orchestra. On the operatic stage, Mr. Davenport has been seen as “Alfredo” in La Traviata, “Tamino” in Die Zauberflöte, “Le théière/La rainette” in L’enfant et les Sortilèges, and in the Spring will tackle “Alfred,” in Die Fledermaus; all with the Peabody Opera Department. In addition to his Peabody training, Mr. Davenport has just finished a summer festival season with Glimmerglass Opera as a member of their prestigious Young American Artists Program in Cooperstown, NY. While there, he sang in their mainstage productions and gave a public recital at the Otesaga Resort with bass-baritone Adam Fry. This coming April Mr. Davenport will sing “Rodolfo” in La boheme with Chesapeake Concert Opera.