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 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
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.

J. Peter Bergman, in a Bright Berkshire Focus review of the world premiere of Eric Sawyer’s Garden of Martyrs, wrote “Hite is amazing. That’s the only way to describe this role and his work in it. Cheverus is a demanding stage role and Hite has the sustainability to handle it. He brings many things to bear here, including a perfect tone and a splendidly interpretive attack on the role. His third act confession aria with Jamy’s interpolations is a show-stopper and rightfully so as it is the moment that affords him a solo bow at the curtain call, a well-deserved one. This role could be the one for which he is remembered.”



“… 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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