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William Berger

William Berger

Described as 'one of the best of our younger baritones' by Gramophone Magazine, William Berger has distinguished himself as a singer of the highest calibre.



Super Audio Collection Vol. 7
Super Audio Collection Vol. 7
The seventh volume in the perpetually popular Linn Collection series. 

AKP 459  

Hommage a Trois
Hommage a Trois
William Berger makes his Linn debut with a programme of arias from some of the finest operas. 

CKD 428  

Described as 'one of the best of our younger baritones' (Gramophone), William Berger has distinguished himself as a singer of the highest calibre. His rich timbre and charismatic stage presence have led to performaces at renowned festivals, opera houses and concert halls, including the English National Opera, Liceu Barcelona and the Lucerne, Aix-en-Provence and Edinburgh International Festivals.

Berger's imaginative approach to programming led to the release of his debut recital disc, Insomnia: A Nocturnal Voyage In Song (Delphian). This sequence of seventeen songs portraying the sleepless night of a man reflecting on the absence of his unnamed lover, was awarded four stars by The Guardian and William's performance was described as 'sweepingly sensual',  'pure gold' (The Arts Desk) and 'magnetic' (The Scotsman).

Recent engagements have included the title role in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo for both La Nuova Musica and Silent Opera, the role of Papageno at Opera de Toulon and Garsington Opera, Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with the Early Opera Company and Count Almaviva at the Lucerne Opera.

A specialist in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century repertoire, Berger has performed all of the major Mozartian baritone roles, as well as a wide selection of roles by Monteverdi, Handel, Haydn, Puccini, Janácek and Weill.

In concert, Berger has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Sadler's Wells, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Los Angeles Disney Concert Hall, with orchestras and ensembles including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Brabants Orkets, Philharmonia Baroque San Fancisco, Cape Town Philharmonic, English Concert and Philharmonie Zuidnerderland.

Berger has received a multitude of prizes and awards, including the 2010 Ernst Haefliger Competition in Switzerland, the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers, the Countess of Munster Trust Scholarship, the Musicians Benevolent Fund Grant and the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Award. He is a graduate and Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and a former member of the Young Singers Programme at English National Opera.

In addition to Insomnia: A Nocturnal Voyage in Song, his discography includes Handel's Alexander's Feast with Ludus Baroque (Delphian), Samson and Dettingen Te Deum (Carus), Poulenc's Carmelites (Chandos) and on DVD, Admeto (C Major) and L'incoronazione de Poppea (Opus Arte).

 

Pizzicato
4 Stars
'William Berger has a nicely timbred voice which suits the classic repertoire...'
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International Record Review
'...absolutely spotless...'
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Gramophone
‘ Berger, McGegan and the ever-alert players get it just right: an entertaining send-off to a beautifully recorded recital.’
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Early Music Review
'impressive without being overdone'
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Opera Now
5 Stars
’[William Berger’s] voice is true and the top secure.’
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'...engagingly witty and stylish...'


BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
'... infectious musical enthusiasm.'
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The Wall Breakers Blog
'His overall stage presence and commanding charisma are immediately evident.'
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
'affectionate characterisation, supported stylishly'
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BBC Music Magazine
'His quick intelligence and alert musicianship is most clearly on display...'
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SA-CD.net
4½ Stars
'...a most enjoyable recital.'
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09 October 2016 to 09 October 2016
Africa
Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium, South Africa, Cape Town
Poetry of the Air

20 October 2016 to 29 October 2016
Africa
Cape Town Opera, South Africa, Cape Town
Carmen
5 performances on 20, 22, 25, 27 & 29 October 2016

01 December 2016 to 01 December 2016
North America
Herbst Theatre, USA, San Francisco
Joshua
with conductor Nicholas McGegan

02 December 2016 to 02 December 2016
North America
First United Methodist Church, USA, Palo Alto
Joshua
with conductor Nicholas McGegan

03 December 2016 to 04 December 2016
North America
First Congregational Church, USA, Berkeley
Joshua
with conductor Nicholas McGegan

21 April 2017 to 23 April 2017
North America
Opera Omaha, USA, Nebraska
Flight
2 performances on 21 & 23 April 2017

02 June 2017 to 12 June 2017
Europe
Opéra de Rouen, France, Normandy
La Bohème
6 performances on 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 12 June 2017