"The Chicago-based baritone is one of the most versatile singing artists performing today, being equally skilled in classical repertoire and less mainstream works..."
Barber of Seville, seattle Opera; Bachtrack
Praised by The New York Times as “mellow-voiced and charismatic” and identified as a baritone to watch by Opera News, Will Liverman is quickly gaining a reputation for his compelling performances, while making significant debuts at opera houses across the world.
This season, Liverman performs the leading role of Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia in return engagements with the Seattle Opera and Kentucky Opera, and performs the role of Tommy McIntyre in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Fellow Travelers for its Lyric Unlimited initiative, in addition to the role of Papageno in The Florentine Opera’s production of The Magic Flute. He is also featured as Porgy in a concert version of the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and as the baritone soloist in both Handel’s Messiah with the Seattle Symphony and in Carmina Burana with the Virginia Symphony, in addition to returning to his alma mater Wheaton College as part of the Artist Concert Series together with tenor Larry Brownlee.
Recent highlights include his reprisal of the role of Dizzy Gillespie in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird with English National Opera after originating the role at Opera Philadelphia in 2015 and additionally performing the role at the Apollo Theater, Madison Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago; his role debut as Marcello in La bohème with Portland Opera; his debut with Seattle Opera as Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory; debuts as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia in his home state with Virginia Opera as well as the Madison and Utah Operas; and performances as Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia and Beaumarchais in The Ghosts of Versailles at Wolf Trap Opera, Andrew Hanley in the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ The Manchurian Candidate at Minnesota Opera, Sam in The Pirates of Penzance at Atlanta Opera, the Husband in Les mamelles de Tirésias with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Protestant Minister in Menotti’s The Last Savage with Santa Fe Opera, and Mr. Noye in Noye’s Fludde as a guest artist at Wheaton College.
Expanding into the concert repertoire, Liverman recently performed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic as the baritone soloist in Brahms’ German Requiem, with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, in Orff’s Carmina Burana and Handel’s Messiah as a guest artist at the University of Chicago, and in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the South Dakota Symphony. He made his Alice Tully Hall debut with the New York Festival of Song, collaborating with Steven Blier on a program entitled “Road Trip.”
Liverman concluded his tenure at the prestigious Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2015, during which he sang the roles of Figaro and Fiorello in special family performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia, Marquis in La traviata, Frazier in Porgy and Bess, and a Servant in Capriccio, and covered the roles of the Registrar in Madama Butterfly, Yvan in Die Fledermaus, Brühlmann in Werther, and the Sergeant in La bohème. His additional performances presented by the company include scenes of La bohème and Le nozze di Figaro with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.
Additionally, as a Young Artist at the Glimmerglass Festival, he sang the roles of the Sacristan in Tosca and Mr. Jenks in The Tender Land. At the Juilliard School, he was featured in the leading role of James Meredith in Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera, Kommilitonen!, under the direction of the work’s librettist, David Poutney, and the roles of Marco in Gianni Schicchi and Liberto in L’incoronazione di Poppea.
Liverman won a 2017 George London Award and in 2015, he won the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition, received the Gerda Lissner Charitable Fund Award, won third prize in the Lissner Foundation’s Lieder/Song Competition, and received a top prize from Opera Index. He was a grand finalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, a second place regional winner in Chicago, and a third place regional winner in New York. He additionally was a three-time first prize winner of the Chicago National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, first prize winner in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, a grand prize winner of the Bel Canto Foundation Competition, a recipient of a Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, and a top award winner from the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation.
He holds his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College in Illinois.