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
The Garden of Martyrs
An Opera by Eric Sawyer
Bill performs the lead role of Father Jean Louis de Chevrus in this world premiere based on an event that transfixed New England two centuries ago: the murder trial of Dominic Daley and Jamey Halligan.  Venue and dates …

The music of Benjamin Britten will figure prominently in Mr. Hite’s upcoming concert season. In October he will perform an all-Britten recital with pianist Estela Olevsky at Trinity Church, Wall Street in their Concerts at One series.  He will perform Britten’s Serenade with Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa (Mexico) and the Fairfax (VA) Symphony Orchestra, and later in the season he will return to Fairfax to sing Britten’s Nocturne. And the tenor will return to his Boston roots for a concert on Emmanuel Music’s Beethoven Chamber Series and Elijah with the Cantata Singers.



Recent Accolades
In a January 19, 2014 Washington Post review of a performance by the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Charles T. Downey wrote “The heart of the program was Britten’s ‘Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings,’ featuring an elegiac, at times eerily menacing performance by tenor William Hite.”

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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The Company of Heaven
Back Bay Chorale and Chorus
In celebration of the centennial of
Benjamin Britten’s birth.