Will Liverman

Praised by The New York Times as “mellow-voiced and charismatic” and Opera News for his “noble sound and bearing,” baritone Will Liverman is quickly gaining a reputation for his compelling performances, while making significant debuts at opera houses across the country.

PHOTO CREDIT: S. Richards

PHOTO CREDIT: S. Richards

English National Opera, Yardbird, June 2017

"You would be hard-pressed to find a new opera sung with more verve or virtuosity...Indeed, as you listen to [Parker's] duet with Will Liverman’s Dizzy Gillespie you really feel something of the freewheeling joy that those pioneers generated in their 1940s heyday, albeit transferred here from instruments to voices."
Richard Morrison, The Times (UK)

"Will Liverman as Parker’s friend Dizzy Gillespie brought some much-needed humour into the proceedings." 
Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

"The cast is strong with Angela Brown as Charlie’s mother Addie and Will Liverman as Dizzy Gillespie standing out in particular."
Sam Smith, MusicOMH

"Angela Brown brings heft to the predictably drawn role of Addie, Charlie’s mother, while baritone Will Liverman is a plausible Dizzy Gillespie."
David Gutman, The Stage

portland Opera, LA BOHEME, MAY 2017

"Will Liverman was an exemplary Marcello, handsome of voice, full of energy."
Mark Mandel, Opera News

Virginia Opera, THE barber of Seville, November 2016

"As Figaro, Virginia Beach's up and coming baritone Will Liverman was in top form, his every appearance enhancing the action. He excelled in his rapid-fire, vocally gymnastic patter-type moments..." 
Virginia Gazette 

"Virginia Beach native Will Liverman is brilliantly engaging as the Barber, formerly Count Almaviva's servant and now Doctor Bartolo's barber and fixer of everything from love's pitfalls to minor forgeries. Undaunted by Rossini's fast, difficult ornaments, his lithe baritone easily handles the challenges of his opening aria, "Largo al Factotum," his duet with the count, and the hilarious sestet that finishes Act I, all while moving smoothly about Shoko Kambara's excellently workable set." 
M.D. Ridge, The Virginian-Pilot

"Will Liverman as Figaro has a robust and rich tone and impressive rhythmic control, especially in the staccato runs, and an endearing charisma."
Andrew Garrigue, Richmond Times-Dispatch

WOLF TRAP OPERA, THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, JUNE 2016

"...a lithe, metallic baritone..."
Anne Midgette, The Washington Post

Atlanta Opera, The Pirates of Penzance, March 2016 

“Baritone Will Liverman ably portrayed Samuel, the Pirate King’s sincere, earnest lieutenant.”
Mark Gresham, Arts Atlanta

Madison Opera, The Barber of Seville, April 2015

“The star of the evening was the young baritone Will Liverman (below) in the title role of the barber Figaro. His voice has power and beauty throughout its impressive compass, including a ringing upper register to rival a tenor’s. Coupled with comic sensitivity and delightful physicality, Liverman must certainly be a singer to watch, and it is our fortune to hear him here.”
Jacob Stockinger, The Well-Tempered Ear

"Figaro…played by Will Liverman with enthusiasm and confidence…”
Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times

Opera Philadelphia & Apollo Theater, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, June 2015 & APril 2016

“…Will Liverman was a vibrant Gillespie." 
Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times

"In the role of Parker's fame friend and colleague, Dizzy Gillespie, baritone Will Liverman sings with both security and charisma."
Patrick Clement James,
 Parterre Box

“Only in scenes with long-time collaborator and friend Dizzy Gillespie do we get an idea of Charlie Parker the musical genius and innovator. These scenes, with Will Liverman playing the beret-wearing Gillespie, crackle with electricity, the singing of two men achieving a truly jazzy interplay."
Steven Pisano, Feast of Music 

“…and for the character of Dizzy Gillespie, sung by the eloquent baritone Will Liverman, who also showed fine legato.”
David Shengold, Opera News

“…baritone Will Liverman, made [a] promising company debut…”
Andrew Moravcsjk, Opera Today

“When the trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (Will Liverman) appears and he sings with Parker, his friend and colleague, it feels like a jam session.”
Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal

“Will Liverman as a mellifluous Dizzy Gillespie…”
Anne Midgette, Washington Post

“…dynamic baritone Will Liverman”
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

“Baritone Will Liverman realized the part vividly by finding deep crevices of meaning.”
Peter Dobrin, Philadelphia Inquirer

Chicago Bach Project, ’St. John Passion’, March 2015

“…baritone Will Liverman sang admirably in Debussy and Korngold selections.”
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

Minnesota Opera, The Manchurian Candidate, March 2015 

Will Liverman turns the cameo role of fellow soldier Andrew Hanley into a lovely showcase for his expressive voice.
Todd O’Dowd, L’etoile Magazine

“Will Liverman had an effective cameo as Andrew Hanley…”
Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal

Harris Theater, Beyond the Aria, March 2015

“…Will Liverman showcased an authoritative baritone.
Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

“Then—and this was a major highlight of the evening-- Liverman took over the piano and serenaded us as he played a composition he created by fusing together two works that spoke to the seasons—“If Ever I Would Love Youby Frederick Loewe and “All the Things You Are” by Jerome Kern.
Amy Munice, Splash Magazine

Lyric Unlimited, “The Magic Victrola”, January 2015

“Baritone Will Liverman remains primus inter pares in the field of never-overdone comic performance and educational programs.  His Papageno bird-man (yes, there was a Michael Keaton joke) kept the physical comedy going, and his strong singing and phrasing — in both English and German — drew the audience in.
Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times

“Liverman’s vocally and physically agile Papageno led a uniformly fine vocal contingent…”
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

 

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