William Knight (Tenor)

William Knight started his musical career as a chorister of St Paul’s Cathedral, London. He read Music at the University of York, where he was the Tenor Choral Scholar at York Minster, and at present is singing as a freelance singer in Europe.

William sings with several choirs, including De Nederlands Kamerkoor, Collegium Vocale Gent, Capella Amsterdam, Netherlands Radio Choir, Egidius Kwartet, The Sixteen, the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, the Gabrieli Consort, BBC Singers, Chapelle du Roi, the Brabant Ensemble, Capilla Cayrasco, and the Marian Consort. In the Opera scene William has sung with De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam in their production of Faust, the Glyndebourne chorus in their production of Hippolyte et Aricie, the Opera Holland Park chorus in productions of Le nozze di Figaro andLa rondine, and the Grange Park Opera chorus in productions of Madama Butterfly and Idomeneo.

As a soloist, William has sung the part of Zadok in Handel’s Solomon in York Minster for the University of York Choir alongside Robin Blaze, Jephte in Carissimi’s Historia di Jephte for the University of York Music Department Concert Series alongside Julia Gooding, Saul in Purcell’s Saul and the Witch of Endor for the Ars Nova Ensemble and Choir, the Evangelist in Wood’s St Mark Passion, and Saint Nicolas in Britten’s Saint Nicolas. He has sung as Tenor soloist in Haydn’s The Seaons for Halesowen Choral Society, Monteverdi’s Vespers for the Ampleforth and Ryedale Concert Choir, Handel’s Messiah, Purcell’s Fairy QueenKing Arthur, and Hail, Bright Cecilia, Stainer’s Crucifixion, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Petite Messe Solennelle.

Operatic roles have included Colin in Rousseau’s Le Devin du Village for University College London, Actéon in Charpentier’s Actéon for Morley College in London, Johnny Inkslinger in Britten’s Paul Bunyan, Clem and Alfred in Britten’s The Little Sweep, Larry and Matt in Mollicone’s The Face on the Barroom Floor, Father Confessor in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Website: www.williamknight-tenor.com

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