Lyric Opera of Chicago

Will Liverman

 Will Liverman

Photo by Devon Cass.

Baritone Will Liverman, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a third-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. 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). As an apprentice artist at The Santa Fe Opera, he made his company debut as the Protestant Minister/Menotti's The Last Savage. 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 Sullivan Foundation Award, 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, and an award from the American Opera Society of Chicago Competition. At Lyric he has been featured in Werther (debut), La bohème, Madama Butterfly, La traviata, Die Fledermaus, Il barbiere di Siviglia and The Family Barber. Liverman performs in Capriccio and Porgy and Bess in the 2014-15 Lyric season.

Will Liverman is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor, The Pauls Foundation and Debbie K. Wright.




Ryan Opera Center 2014-2015 Ensemble


Sopranos Mezzo-sopranos

Tracy Cantin


Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi


Laura Wilde



J'nai Bridges


Julie Anne Miller



Tenors       Baritones    

Jesse Donner


John Irvin


Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan Johnson


Anthony Clark Evans


Will Liverman




Bass-baritone   Bass     Pianist  

Richard Ollarsaba




Bradley Smoak

Bradley Smoak




Maureen Zoltek