263 Fine Arts Center,
Voice Area website: www.umass.edu/voice
Professional website: www.williamhitetenor.com
VOICE; SENIOR LECTURER; VOICE STUDIO COORDINATOR
Tenor William Hite's reputation as an engaging and expressive artist has led to engagements
with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, American Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony,
Washington Bach Consort, New York City Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, New York Collegium, National Arts
Center Orchestra (Ottawa), Charlotte Symphony, Boston Baroque, Toronto Consort, Emmanuel Music, Tafelmusik
and Philharmonia Baroque under the direction of Bernard Haitink, Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Rafael Frübeck de
Burgos, Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Hogwood, Jane Glover, Robert Spano, Grant Llewellyn, Leon Botstein,
John Harbison, Craig Smith and Peter Schreier.
Mr. Hite's recent and upcoming engagements include his Carnegie Hall debut in Messiah with Music Sacra,
his Kennedy Center debut with the Washington Chorus in Haydn's Paukenmesse as well as appearances with
the Boston Symphony in Fidelio, the St. Matthew Passion and Schoenberg's Moses und Aron,
Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ with the Dresdner Philharmonie, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with
the Vermont Symphony, Britten's War Requiem at Duke University, King Arthur with Chicago's
Music of the Baroque, Bernard Rands' Canti del sole with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and
Mattheson's Boris Goudenow with the Boston Early Music Festival.
The tenor's operatic credits include the title roles in The Rake's Progress, Acis and Galatea,
Handel's Jephtha and Belshazzar, 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 been a regular at the Boston Early Music Festival in
period stagings of Monteverdi and Rossi's Orfeo, Cavalli's Ercole amante and King Arthur.
Additional operatic world premieres include the works of Theodore Antoniou, Ellen Ruehr and Lew Spratlan.
Mr. Hite's extensive discography now contains over 35 recordings spanning a wide spectrum of musical idioms.
He may be heard on recently released recordings in Messiah with Chicago's Apollo Chorus on the Clarion
label and Acis and Galatea on NCA. 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. He is featured on numerous award-winning CDs with the
Boston Camerata as well as with the medieval ensemble Sequentia. William Hite has sung in music festivals at
Tanglewood, Santa Fe, Monadnock, Banff and Vancouver as well as the Vermont Mozart Festival. In Europe he has
performed at the Athens Festival, Academie Musicale in Sainte, Aix-en-Provence and the Holland Early Music Festival.
He is coordinator of the voice faculty at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.