Raising the Curtain

It is his ability to reveal the meaning and emotion embodied in the text and the music that has solidified William Hite’s reputation as an engaging and expressive artist. He has performed orchestral engagements, recitals and operas throughout North America and in Europe in some of the world’s most prestigious and interesting venues including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Kennedy Center, Theatre an der Wien in Vienna, Versailles, the Herodion at the foot of the Acropolis and Theatre de la Ville in Paris.

Upcoming Performances
William Hite’s 2014-15 season featured prominent performances of Britten’s War Requiem and Schubert’s Winterreise as well a return to the title roles in Handel’s dramatic oratorios Judas Maccabeus and Jephtha. Performances in 2015-16 include he role of Massimo in Gluck’s Ezio with Odyssey Opera, Boston; Messiah with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago; Elijah with the Evansville Philharmonic Orcehstra; Haydn’s Creation with the Champagne-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. In the recital realm William will do a small tour of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch in 2016 with performances at Emmanuel Music, Boston, the Boston Conservatory, and Oberlin. And in February, New World Records, in conjunction with the Florestan Recital Project, will release a comprehensive recording of the works of Virgil Thomson for voice and piano featuring two dozen performances by Mr. Hite. For more details about these and other events please see the full SCHEDULE.
Recent Accolades
Hugo Wolf

Lee Eiseman, publisher of The Boston Musical Intelligencer, wrote on April 4th, 2016 about a performance of Hugo Wolf’s Italienishces Liederbuch“The best moments of the afternoon belonged to that estimable Liederist William Hite. His warm, burnished and ardent tenor matched a communicative personality that engaged perfectly with the sentiments of romance and longing that so many of Wolf’s male songs summon. A direct manner and conversational German allowed him to embody the composer’s aesthetic and get straight to the heart of musical and emotional art….. Bo Skovhus has nothing on Hite.”  → Read the full review.

George Frideric Handel

On December 6th, 2015 John Zeugner, reviewing for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette wrote:
“You can always tell what kind of “Messiah” you’re going to get from the opening tenor solo; “Comfort ye my people,” has breath and phrasing challenges, and if it goes well and confidently that seems to pervade the entire enterprise. And tenor William Hite was spot-on unfurling a luminous clearly projected sound with precise diction in getting the oratorio launched.”  → Read the full review.

“… He didn’t perform the music so much as
    share the profound experience he was having
    with it …”

~ David Patrick Stearns | Philadelphia Inquirer
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Featured CD
The Complete Songs of Virgil Thomson
for voice and piano

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