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Described by Opera Magazine as a singer "with flair, his tenor simultaneously caressing and resilient", Joel Williams is a graduate of King's College Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio, where he was the Kiri te Kanawa Scholar. He is a former member of the Verbier Festival Academy, a Britten-Pears Young Artist, a Young Artist at Opera Holland Park and an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera. Joel is the recipient of an Independent Opera Fellowship.
Between 2019 and 2021 Joel was a member of the Centre de Perfeccionament Palau de les Arts in Valencia, where he appeared as Basilio/Le nozze di Figaro, Bardolfo/Falstaff, Le Mari/Les mamelles de Tirésias, Don Luigino/Il Viaggio a Reims, Hirte and Stimme eines jungen Seemanns in Tristan und Isolde, Gernando in Manuel Garcia's L'isola Disabitata and Beppo in Pagliacci.

Last season, he joined the Studio of Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, performing roles such as Scaramuccio/Ariadne auf Naxos, Gaston and Victorin in Die Tote Stadt, Parpignol/La Bohème, 4.Knappe/Parsifal and Nencio in Haydn’s L’infedelta delusa, in a new production by Marie-Eve Signeyrole. He also returned to the Palau de les Arts Valencia to sing Narr in a new production of Wozzeck.

In 2022-23, he will return to the Bayerische Staatsoper to reprise his roles in Ariadne auf Naxos and L’infedelta delusa, as well as appear as Vitellozzo in Lucrezia Borgia and Rooster in Cunning Little Vixen. He also returns to Valencia to give role debuts as Arnalta/Nutrice in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea and sings Hirt/Seemann in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde at the Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg. In concert, he performs Haydn’s Theresienmesse with the Nederlands Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, conducted by Jan Willem de Vriend. 

Elsewhere, Joel has appeared as Delfa in Alessandro Melani's opera L'empio punito at the 2020 Innsbrucker Festwochen für Alte Musik, Le Ruisseau/Les Fêtes D'Hébé at Opéra de Bastille in Paris, Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni at Opera Holland Park, Lysander/A Midsummer Night's Dream, Count Belfiore/La Finta Giardiniera, the title role in Offenbach's Robinson Crusoe, Mayor/Albert Herring, Hexe/Hänsel und Gretel, Dr Blind/Die Fledermaus, all as part of the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio.
Joel made his operatic debuts as a boy treble at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Glyndebourne, playing Cobweb in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Die Zauberflöte’s Drei Knaben, and peasant-child in Puccini's Turandot. In oratorio he performed as the boy-king Joas in Handel’s Athalia with Paul McCreesh and toured with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
In concert, he has performed Stravinsky’s Renard at the Prinzregententheater Munich and Threni with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, both conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur at the Verbier Festival, conducted by Valery Gergiev, Mozart’s Requiem with the Noord Nederlands Orkest, Gerald Finzi’s Dies Natalis with EuropaMusicale Festival Strings in Munich, Verdi’s Otello (Act One) with the Cambridge University Musical Society conducted by Richard Farnes, Pärt’s Passio with the Choir of King's College Cambridge conducted by Stephen Cleobury, Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passions with Merton College Choir, Oxford, Handel’s Messiah with Bedford Choral Society, as well as performances throughout the UK of Mozart’s Requiem and Cavalli’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Vivaldi’s Magnificat and Gabrieli’s In Ecclesii. As a member of the Choir of King’s College Cambridge, Joel took part in numerous international tours, recordings and radio and television broadcasts.
As recitalist he has appeared at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Leeds Lieder, the Barber Institute at Birmingham University, the Leeds University International Concert Series, the Victoria Rooms in Bristol and at Wigmore Hall, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Joel is the recipient of the Somerset Song Prize, the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize, the Sidney Sussex Lieder Competition, second prize in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, and third prize in the Brooks-van der Pump English Song competition and the Joan Chissell Schumann competition. He was a Pembroke Lieder Scholar with Joseph Middleton and a finalist in the 2019 Royal Overseas League Competition.
BrittenA Midsummer Night's DreamLysander
BrittenAlbert HerringMayor
CileaAdriana LecouvreurPoisson
GarciaL'isola DisabitataGernando
HandelAcis and GalateaDamon
HaydnL'infedelta delusaNencio
HumperdinckHänsel und GretelHexe
KorngoldDie tote StadtGaston, Victorin
MelaniL'empio punitoDelfa
MonteverdiL'incoronazione di PoppeaArnalta*/Nutrice*
MozartCosi fan tutteFerrando
MozartLa Finta GiardinieraBelfiore
MozartDon GiovanniDon Ottavio
MozartLe Nozze di FigaroBasilio
MozartDie ZauberflöteTamino
OffenbachRobinson CrusoeRobinson Crusoe
PaxtonBel and the DragonDavid
PoulencLes mamemelles de TirésiasLe Mari
PucciniLa BohèmeParpignol
RameauLes Fêtes D'HébéLe Ruisseau
RossiniIl viaggio a ReimsDon Luigino
StraussDie FledermausDr Blind
StraussAriadne auf NaxosScaramuccio
WagnerTristan und IsoldeEin Hirte, Stimme eines jungen Seemanns
BachCantata BWV 1 "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern"
Bach Cantata BWV 9 "Es ist das Heil uns kommen her"
BachCantata BWV 12 "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen"
Bach Cantata BWV 78 "Jesu, der du meine Seele"
BachCantata BWV 132 "Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn"
BachCantata BWV 140 "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme"
BachCantata BWV 182 "Himmelskönig, sei willkommen"
BeethovenMass in C
BrittenCantata St Nicolas, op 42Solo Tenor
BrittenCanticles I, II, IV
BrittenSerenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, op 31
DonizettiLucrezia Borgia Vitellozzo
GabrieliIn Ecclesiis
GardnerCantata for Christmas
HandelAlexander's Feast
HandelNisi Dominus
HaydnThe Creation
HaydnNelson Mass
J.S.BachJohannes PassionTenor
LudfordMass for Tenor and Trebles
MendelssohnElijahall tenor solos
MonteverdiBeatus Vir
MozartMissa brevis in B flat, KV 275, Loretomesse
Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle
RutterBrother Heinrich's Christmas
Saint-SaënsMesse de Requiem
ScarlattiDixit Dominus
SchubertMass in G
SchubertMesse in G, D 167
SchützPsalm 150

JOEL WILLIAMS: W. A. Mozart, Im Mohrenland gefangen war (Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Wigmore Hall, October 2019

W. A. Mozart, Terzetto Act 1 (Le Nozze di Figaro)

"[...] Zotico (wunderbar sexy anzuschauen und einnehmend gesungen von Joel Williams)[...].", F. Cavalli, Eliogabalo - Oper Zürich, December 2022
"Der Nachwuchs des Opernstudios der Staatsoper glänzt in Joseph Haydns "L'infedeltà delusa" im Cuvilliéstheater.[...] Joel Williams (Nencio) verfügt über einen warmen, in der Höhe soliden Tenor, der dem weinerlichen Bauern perfekt passt [...].", J.Haydn, L’Infedeltà delusa - Bayerische Staatsoper (Cuvilléestheater), March 2022
"Tenor Joel Williams Nencio ist gegenüber Filippo emotionaler angelegt. Seine Stimme ist im Vergleich zu Filippo wärmer, männlich von Testosteron gesteuert emotionaler.[...]Was für ein toller Opernstudiojahrgang. Auf die weiteren Auftritte dieser Sänger und Sängerinnen freue ich mich sehr!", J.Haydn, L’Infedeltà delusa - Bayerische Staatsoper (Cuvilléestheater), March 2022
"[...] while Joel Williams [...] did not miss the opportunity to shine in the quasi bel canto serenata O Colombina, il tenero.", Leoncavallo, Pagliacci - Palau des les Arts Valencia, May 2021
"The members of the Centre de Perfeccionament triumphed in their roles, both Amber Fasquelle as a sensual Lola, and Joel Williams with his delicate and exquisite Beppe."
opera, Leoncavalla, Pagliacci - Palau des Les Arts Valencia, May 2021
„Der britische[...] Tenor Joel Williams brillierte als Amme Delfa und Zweiter Stalliere mit warm timbrierten, beweglichem und deutlich artikuliertem Tenor.“
Das Opernglas, Melani, L'empio punito - Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, October 2020
"Auch der Tenor Joel Williams als alte Amme Delfa, Rocco Lia als basskräftiger Fährmann Caronte und Juho Punkeri als königlicher Berater Tridemo, [...], überzeugen vokal und szenisch.", Melani, L'empio punito - Innsbrucker Festwochen Alter Musik , August 2020
"Ebenso beglückend waren die durchweg hervorragenden Sänger.[...] Besonders Joel Williams als Amme Delfa in grünem Dirndl und Lorenzo Barbieri als geplagter Diener Bibi (Leporello) traten mit darstellerisch beeindruckender Bühnenpräsenz auf[...]", Melani, L'empio punito - Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, August 2020
"L'empio punito läuft als "Barockoper jung" im Programm der Festwochen und präsentiert herrliche junge Stimmen in der spritzigen, stilgetreuen und doch modernen Inszenierung. Großartig, wie Tenor Joel Williams die weibliche Rolle der Amme Delfa im Dirndl bis hin zur Kopulationszene darstellt!", Melani, L'empio punito - Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, August 2020
"In the title role, Joel Williams is more than ready for lyric tenor roles in bigger houses: the voice has warmth and lilt, his phrasing is naturally elegant and his manner is deliciously engaging. Williams is definitely a name to look out for.", Offenbach, Robinson Crusoe - Royal College of Music, London, March 2019

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