The New York Philharmonic

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Biography

A native of Richmond, Virginia, tenor William Ferguson appeared with the Santa Fe Opera as Caliban in the North American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Tempest, and in 2005 sang Truffaldino in a new production of Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges with Opera Australia in Sydney — a CD of which was released on the Chandos label. In New York Mr. Ferguson has performed Beppe in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci at The Metropolitan Opera and the title role in Bernstein’s Candide, Nanki-Poo in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado, the Funeral Director in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place, Hérisson de Porc-Épic in Chabrier’s L’Étoile, and, most recently, The Electrician in Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face at New York City Opera. Additional credits include Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Opera Memphis, Opera Omaha, Virginia Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, and Opera Company of Philadelphia. He holds bachelor and master of music degrees from The Juilliard School.

A passionate concert and recital performer, Mr. Ferguson has appeared with the American, Boston, BBC, City of Birmingham, Houston, Mostly Mozart Festival, New Jersey, and National symphony orchestras; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Musica Sacra New York; Opera Orchestra of New York; Oratorio Society of New York; Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (Netherlands); as well as the local symphony orchestras of Bellingham, New Haven, Omaha, Richmond, Santa Barbara, Wheeling, and Winston-Salem. He has performed at 92nd Street Y, Bard Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Young Concert Artists, The Marilyn Horne Foundation, New York Festival of Song, and Five Borough Music Festival, and appears as Brian on the recording and DVD of Not the Messiah, an oratorio based on Monty Python’s Life of Brian recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2003 William Ferguson was awarded the Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital Award, granting him a New York recital debut in Alice Tully Hall. This is his debut with the New York Philharmonic.

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