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Willard White

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Voice: Bass-baritone
Nationality: British
Year of Birth: 1946

About Willard White:

Sir Willard Wentworth White, OM, CBE (born 10 October 1946) is a Jamaican-born British operatic bass baritone.

He was born into a Jamaican family in Kingston. His father was a dockworker, his mother a housewife. White first began to learn music by listening to the radio and singing Nat King Cole songs. He was also inspired by the American singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson. White was a founding member of The Jamaican Folk Singers, sang with the and trained at the Jamaican School of Music.

In a visit to Jamaica, Evelyn Rothwell, the wife of conductor Sir John Barbirolli, heard him sing and suggested that he go to study in London. Instead, his father bought him a one-way ticket to New York City, because "the flight was cheaper". He won a scholarship and continued his studies with bass Giorgio Tozzi at the Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, he was selected by Maria Callas to participate in the master classes she gave there from 1971 to 1972.

In May 1971, White made his debut as the runaway slave Jim in the Juilliard American Opera production of Hall Overton's opera, Huckleberry Finn. He next appeared with New York City Opera in 1974 as Colline in La bohème. In 1976, he made his London opera debut with English National Opera as Seneca in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, having starred with Leona Mitchell that year in the first truly complete recording of Porgy and Bess. He has since sung at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Opéra Bastille, the opera houses of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the major European cities as well as the Festivals at Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence, Verbier, and Salzburg.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1O ruddier than the cherry Popularity:

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles: Polyphemus
2The flocks shall leave the mountains Popularity:

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: trioVoice: T S BLanguage: English

Roles: Acis/Galatea/Polyphemus
3A woman is a sometime thing Popularity:

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Jake
4Le conseiller Lindorf Popularity:

Opera: Contes d'Hoffmann, LesComposer: OffenbachAct: 1.01-2

Type: recitative, sceneVoice: B-Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Lindorf/Andrès
5Ah! del padre in periglio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Ottavio
6Solche hergelaufne Laffen Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.06

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Osmin
7Marsch marsch trollt euch fort Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.15

Type: trioVoice: B T TLanguage: German

Roles: Osmin/Belmonte/Pedrillo
8Zum Ziele führt dich diese Bahn Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.16

Type: quartetVoice: T tr cA MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three boys
9Die Weisheitslehre dieser Knaben Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.17

Type: aria,recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino
10Per piacere alla signora Popularity:

Opera: Turco in Italia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.19

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiorilla/Don Geronio
11Fin ch'han dal vino Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.20

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni
12Per la fuga e tutto lesto Popularity:

Opera: Turco in Italia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.22

Type: trioVoice: B Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Selim/Zaida/Prosdocimo
13Perche mai se son tradito Popularity:

Opera: Turco in Italia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 1.23

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Narciso
14Buzzard keep on flyin' over Popularity:

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Porgy
15Bess you is my woman now Popularity:

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 2

Type: duetVoice: B-Br SLanguage: English

Roles: Porgy/Bess
16It ain't necessarily so Popularity:

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Sporting Life
17Oh! I can't sit down Popularity:

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 2 or 3

Type: Voice: Language: English

Roles:
18D'un bell uso di Turchia Popularity:

Opera: Turco in Italia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.02

Type: duetVoice: B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Selim/Don Geronio
19A red headed woman Popularity:

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Crown
20Quando le sere al placido Popularity:

Opera: Luisa MillerComposer: VerdiAct: 2.11-3

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rodolfo
21Si mi e forza partir Popularity:

Opera: Turco in Italia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.13

Type: recitativeVoice: S B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiorilla/Don Geronio/Prosdocimo
22Don Giovanni a cenar teco Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.20

Type: trioVoice: Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello/Commendatore
23Bess oh where is my Bess? Popularity:

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Porgy
24I loves you Porgy Popularity:

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Bess
25Seigneur daignez permettre Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4.03

Type: recitative,choirVoice: B-Br SLanguage: French

Roles: Méphistophélès/Marguerite
26Tue soavi parole Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 4.04

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Plutone
27Contessa perdono Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.15-3

Type: ensemble,septet,finaleVoice: Br S S B-Br Mz S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Rosina/Susanna/Figaro/Cherubino/Marcellina/Bartolo/Basilio
28Ah! tutti contenti Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 4.15-4

Type: ensemble,septet,finaleVoice: Br S S B-Br Mz S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Rosina/Susanna/Figaro/Cherubino/Marcellina/Bartolo/Basilio
29Dawn Air Popularity:

Opera: El NiñoComposer: AdamsAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles:
30Gone gone gone Popularity:

Opera: Porgy and BessComposer: GershwinAct:

Type: Voice: Language: English

Roles:
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