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Bass baritone Willard White was born in Kingston, Jamaica, where his vocal gifts were noticed by the wife of conductor Sir John Barbirolli during a concert trip there. The young singer won a scholarship to the Juilliard School and in 1974 made his professional début as Colline in La Bohème with the New York City Opera. Two years later he joined the English National Opera in London. His large repertoire now includes the rôles of Nick Shadow in the Peter Sellars production of The Rake’s Progress; the title rôle in Boris Godunov for the Welsh National Opera; and Joseph in the world première of John Adams’s oratorio El Niño under Kent Nagano. His concert programme An Evening with Willard White – A Tribute to Paul Robeson, for jazz ensemble and narrator, continues to be a huge success at festivals and has been produced for BBC television and issued on CD. Operatic engagements during the 2004–05 season include Wotan in Das Rheingold conducted by Sir Simon Rattle; Fotis in The Greek Passion for the Royal Opera; Nekrotzar in Le Grand Macabre for San Francisco Opera; Mephistopheles in La Damnation de Faust with the Atlanta Symphony and the New York Philharmonic; On the Town for the English National Opera; and Tchélio in The Love for Three Oranges for the Netherlands Opera. A resident of Great Britain for nearly three decades, White was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1995 and was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2004.

Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ADAMS, J.: Nino (El) (Chatelet, 2000) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
Opera DVD
ADAMS, J.: Niño (El) (Châtelet, 2000) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
Opera DVD
ADAMS: Nino (El) (Chatelet, 2000) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
Opera DVD
Classical Documentary
BERLIOZ: Damnation de Faust (La) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
Opera DVD
BERLIOZ: Damnation de Faust (La) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
Opera DVD
BERNSTEIN: Symphony No. 3, 'Kaddish' / Chichester Psalms Naxos
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
Classical Documentary
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century, Vol. 4: 3 Journeys Through Dark Landscapes (NTSC Arthaus Musik
Classical Documentary
MOZART - Glyndebourne Collection (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
Opera DVD
MOZART, W.A.: Entführung aus dem Serail (Die) (Glyndebourne, 1980) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
Opera DVD
MOZART: Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Die) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
Opera DVD
PROKOFIEV, S.: Amour des 3 Oranges (L') (DNO, 2005) (Blu-ray, NTSC) Opus Arte
Opera DVD
PROKOFIEV, S.: Amour des 3 Oranges (L') (DNO, 2005) (NTSC) Opus Arte
Opera DVD
REVOLUTION DER KLANGE (DIE): Musik im 20. Jahrhundert (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
Classical Documentary
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Iolanta / STRAVINSKY, I.: Persephone (Teatro Real, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) EPC Distribution
Opera DVD
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Iolanta / STRAVINSKY, I.: Persephone (Teatro Real, 2012) (NTSC) EPC Distribution
Opera DVD
WAGNER, R.: Parsifal (Royal Opera House, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
Opera DVD
WAGNER, R.: Parsifal (Royal Opera House, 2014) (NTSC) Opus Arte
Opera DVD
WALDBUHNE IN BERLIN 1995 - American Night (Marshall, Rattle) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
Classical Concert, Opera DVD, Classical Concert

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