Photo by Devon Cass.
Baritone Will Liverman, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a second-year Ryan Opera Center member. A highlight of Liverman's operatic career to date is Peter Maxwell Davies's Kommilitonen! (U.S. premiere at The Juilliard School), in which he portrayed James Meredith. Other Juilliard roles include Marco/Gianni Schicchi and Liberto/L'incoronazione di Poppea. As an apprentice artist at The Santa Fe Opera, Liverman covered Schaunard/La bohème and made his company debut as the Protestant Minister/Menotti's The Last Savage. An alumnus of Illinois's Wheaton College, the baritone has appeared at Utah Opera (title role/Il barbiere di Siviglia the Glimmerglass Festival (Sacristan/Tosca and Mr. Jenks/Aaron Copland's The Tender Land); and the Brevard Music Festival (title role/Gianni Schicchi, Speaker/Die Zauberflöte, John Brooke/Mark Adamo's Little Women). Liverman recently made his Alice Tully Hall debut in recital with Steven Blier and the New York Festival of Song as part of their "Road Trip" program. Among his accolades are a 2013 Sara Tucker Study Grant, Grand Finalist in the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, first prize in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, an Encouragement Award from the Opera Index Vocal Competition, and an award from the American Opera Society of Chicago Competition. Last season at Lyric he performed in Werther (debut) and La bohème. In 2013-14 he is featured in Madama Butterfly, La traviata, Die Fledermaus and Il barbiere di Siviglia.Will Liverman is sponsored by The Pauls Foundation.
Ryan Opera Center 2013-2014 Ensemble