Baritone William Sharp is a consummate artist possessing the rare combination of vocal beauty, sensitivity and charisma. Praised by the New York Times as a "sensitive and subtle singer" who is able to evoke "the special character of every song that he sings," Mr. Sharp has earned a reputation as a singer of great versatility and continues to garner critical acclaim for his work in concerts, recitals, operas and recordings.
William Sharp’s 2012-13 season included baritone soloist in Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Bethlehem Bach Choir. His recent career highlights include singing as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under Marin Alsop, in Copland’s “Old American Songs”; creating the role of Cosimo in the world premiere of John Musto’s The Inspector with Wolf Trap Opera to rave reviews; performing as soloist in the world premiere of “Amichai Songs” by David Froom for the River Concert Series (Maryland); and singing Bach, Bernstein, Britten and Paulus compositions with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.
Past highlights include a return to New York Festival of Song in a concert titled "Where We Came From"; "A Bernstein & Bolcom Celebration", also with New York Festival of Song; Bach Cantata 21, Mass in B Minor, and Paulus' A Dream of Time in a return to the Bethlehem Bach Festival; an appearance with Boston Early Music Festival in the modern world premiere of Graupner's Antiochus und Stratonica; return engagements to Caramoor, singing Schumann's Liederkreis with pianist Vladimir Feltsman, to New York Festival of Song in a program called "No Song is Safe from Us", and to the Bethlehem Bach Festival in St. Matthew Passion, Cantatas 198 and 74, also Mass in B Minor (with the Washington Bach Consort and Cathedral Choral Society, as well); singing as soloist in St. Matthew Passion with Music of the Baroque; and as soloist at the Washington National Cathedral in Handel's Messiah and Bach's St. John Passion. In Germany, with Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, he performed Scott Wheeler's The Palace at Four A. M.
William Sharp has appeared throughout the United States with major orchestras and music festivals. In recent seasons he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He is a frequent participant in Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival and the Marlboro Music Festival. Mr. Sharp also works extensively in the performance of baroque and pre-baroque music. He has made numerous appearances with the Bach Aria Group, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Maryland Handel Festival.
William Sharp made his New York recital debut at the 92nd St. Y in 1983 and his Kennedy Center debut, followed by his Carnegie Hall recital debut, in 1989. The Carnegie debut earned critical praise including that of Bill Zakariasen of the Daily News, who wrote that Mr. Sharp's "musicianship is right on the button, his knowledge of styles seems infinite, and he has an infectious sense of humor." Mr. Sharp is the winner of the 1987 Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition.