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William Hite

William Hite’s reputation as an engaging and expressive artist has led to appearances spanning three decades with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, American Symphony Orchestra, 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, Craig Smith, John Harbison, Julian Wachner and Peter Schreier.

Mr. Hite’s upcoming engagements include Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Gilles Vonsattel at Bargemusic, Britten’s War Requiem at Symphony Hall in Boston, the role of the Evangelist in the St. John Passion at Trinity Church Wall Street and with the Bach Society of Minnesota, Messiah at Duke University and the title roles in both Jephtha and Judas Maccabaeus with the New Haven Chorale.  Recent performances include the central role of Father Cheverus in the world premiere of Eric Sawyer’s opera The Garden of Martyrs, an all-Britten recital at Trinity Church, Wall Street, Britten’s Serenade with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa (Mexico), Britten’s Nocturne with the Fairfax (VA) Symphony Orchestra as well as Elijah with the Cantata Singers (Boston), the St. Matthew Passion Evangelist with the Boston Cecilia Society, the title role in La clemenza di Tito with Emmanuel Music (Boston), Handel’s Acis and Galatea at the Theater an der Wien and Britten’s War Requiem with the Hartt School of Music.

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 Matthison’s Boris Goudenow andMonteverdi’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 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, 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 in Voice and Coordinator of the Voice area at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  Please visit

Appointed 2002

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