Biography

William Hite’s reputation spanning three decades as an engaging and expressive artist has led to appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, American Symphony Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, the Evansville Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Boston Baroque, Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque, the Washington Bach Consort, the Toronto Consort,  New York City Ballet, the Mark Morris Dance Group and Emmanuel Music, under the direction of Bernard Haitink, Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Nicholas McGegan, Jane Glover, Robert Spano, Grant Llewellyn, Gil Rose, Leon Botstein, John Harbison, Julian Wachner and Peter Schreier.

William Hite

Mr. Hite’s upcoming and recent engagements include the title role in the premier of Eric Sawyer’s opera The Scarlet Professor, the premier of Chrononhotonthologos by Andy Vores with Guerilla Opera, Messiah with the Charlotte Symphony, Gluck’s Ezio with Odyssey Opera, Mozart’s Apollo et Hyancithus with Emmanuel Music, Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin at the Token Creek Music Festival, the evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Messiah with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, Elijah with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Creation with the Champagne-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Britten’s War Requiem at Symphony Hall in Boston, the title roles in both Jephtha and Judas Maccabaeus with the New Haven Chorale, Britten’s Serenade with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa (Mexico) and Britten’s Nocturne with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.

The tenor’s operatic credits include the title roles in The Rake’s Progress, Acis and Galatea, Handel’s Jephtha, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Cavalli’s L’Ormindo, as well the role of Roderick Usher in the world premiere of the Philip Glass opera The Fall of the House of Usher at the American Repertory Theater and the Kentucky Opera. He performed the role of Orfeo in Peri’s Euridice with the Long Beach Opera and has performed many times at the Boston Early Music Festival in period stagings of Matthison’s Boris Goudenow and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo.  Mr. Hite has sung in world premieres of operas by Theodore Antoniou, Ellen Ruehr, Lew Spratlan, Scott Wheeler and Eric Sawyer.

Mr. Hite’s extensive discography now contains over 40 recordings spanning a wide spectrum of musical idioms. He may be heard in The Complete Songs of Virgil Thomson for voice and piano on New World Records, Messiah with Chicago’s Apollo Chorus on the Clarion label, Acis and Galatea on NCA and The Construction of Boston by Scott Wheeler on Naxos.  On the Koch label he may be heard in the St. John Passion with Emmanuel Music.   He has also recorded the Mozart Requiem with Andrew Parrott for Denon and Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth on the Centaur label. William Hite has sung in music festivals at Tanglewood, Santa Fe, Monadnock, Token Creek, Banff and Vancouver as well as the Vermont Mozart Festival.  In Europe he has performed at the Athens Festival, Festival Mitte Europa, Academie Musicale in Sainte, the Holland Early Music Festival and the festival at Aix-en-Provence.  He is Senior Lecturer II in Voice and coordinator of the voice area at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

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