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Described by Opera Magazine as a singer "with flair, his tenor simultaneously caressing and resilient", Joel Williams is a graduate of King's College Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio where he was the Kiri te Kanawa Scholar. He is a former member of the Verbier Festival Academy, a Southrepps Festival Young Artist, a Britten-Pears Young Artist, a Young Artist at Opera Holland Park, an Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera and a Concordia Artist. Joel is the recipient of an Independent Opera Fellowship.
Last season, Joel joined the Centre de Perfeccionament Palau de les Arts in Valencia, singing Basilio/Le nozze di Figaro, Le Mari/Les mamelles de Tirésias, Odoardo/Ariodante and Don Luigino/Il Viaggio a Reims.
In 2020/21, he will appear at the Innsbrucker Festwochen für Alte Musik as Delfa in Alessandro Melani's opera L'empio punito and return to the Palau to perform Bardolfo/Falstaff, Hirte and Stimme eines jungen Seemanns in Tristan und Isolde, Gernando in Manuel Garcia's L'isola Disabitata and Beppo in Pagliacci, alongside recitals and chamber concerts.

Joel made his operatic debuts as a boy treble at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Glyndebourne, playing Cobweb in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Die Zauberflöte’s Drei Knaben, and peasant-child in Puccini's Turandot.  In oratorio he performed as the boy-king Joas in Handel’s Athalia with Paul McCreesh and toured with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
After a year in Princeton, New Jersey, he took up a Choral Scholarship at King’s College, Cambridge, where he studied for a degree in History.  With the choir, Joel took part in numerous international tours, recordings, and radio and television broadcasts. 
On stage, Joel has appeared as Le Ruisseau/Les Fêtes D'Hébé at Opéra de Bastille in Paris, Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni for Opera Holland Park, Lysander/A Midsummer Night's Dream, Count Belfiore/La Finta Giardiniera, the title role in Offenbach's Robinson Crusoe, Mayor/Albert Herring, Hexe/Hänsel und Gretel, Dr Blind Die Fledermaus, all as part of the Royal College of Music International Opera Studio, Odoardo/Ariodante at the London Handel Festival, Oronte/Alcina for Ryedale Festival Opera, Tamino/The Magic Flute for the Cambridge University Opera Society, and Satyavan (cover) in Holst’s Savitri with British Youth Opera. Joel created the role of Daniel in the world premiere of Bel and the Dragon by Alex Paxton for Tête-à-Tête Opera. Last season, he sang Captain Vere/Billy Budd for the Royal Opera House's Learning and Participation programme.
Joel's concert engagements include Stravinsky’s Threni with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur at the Verbier Festival, conducted by Valery Gergiev, Verdi’s Otello (Act One) with the Cambridge University Musical Society conducted by Richard Farnes, Pärt’s Passio with the Choir of King's College Cambridge conducted by Stephen Cleobury, Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passions with Merton College Choir, Oxford, Handel’s Messiah with Bedford Choral Society, as well as performances throughout the UK of Mozart’s Requiem and Cavalli’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Vivaldi’s Magnificat and Gabrieli’s In Ecclesii and Mozart’s Requiem with the Noord Nederlands Orkest.
In recital, he has appeared at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Leeds Lieder, the Barber Institute at Birmingham University, the Leeds University International Concert Series, the Victoria Rooms in Bristol and at Wigmore Hall and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Awards include the Somerset Song Prize, the Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize, the Sidney Sussex Lieder Competition, second prize in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, and third prize in the Brooks-van der Pump English Song competition and the Joan Chissell Schumann competition. Joel was a Pembroke Lieder Scholar with Joseph Middleton and a finalist in the 2019 Royal Overseas League Competition.
BrittenA Midsummer Night's DreamLysander
BrittenAlbert HerringMayor
CileaAdriana LecouvreurPoisson
GarciaL'isola DisabitataGernando
HandelAcis and GalateaDamon
HumperdinckHänsel und GretelHexe
LeoncavalloPagliacciBeppo (in preparation)
MelaniL'empio punitoDelfa
MozartLa Finta GiardinieraBelfiore
MozartDon GiovanniDon Ottavio
MozartLe Nozze di FigaroBasilio
MozartDie ZauberflöteTamino
OffenbachRobinson CrusoeRobinson Crusoe
PaxtonBel and the DragonDavid
PoulencLes mamemelles de TirésiasLe mari
RameauLes Fêtes D'HébéLe Ruisseau
RossiniIl viaggio a ReimsDon Luigino
StraussDie FledermausDr Blind
WagnerTristan und IsoldeEin Hirte, Stimme eines jungen Seemanns
BachCantata BWV 1 "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern"
Bach Cantata BWV 9 "Es ist das Heil uns kommen her"
BachCantata BWV 12 "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen"
Bach Cantata BWV 78 "Jesu, der du meine Seele"
BachCantata BWV 132 "Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn"
BachCantata BWV 140 "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme"
BachCantata BWV 182 "Himmelskönig, sei willkommen"
BeethovenMass in C
BrittenCantata St Nicolas, op 42Solo Tenor
BrittenCanticles I, II, IV
BrittenSerenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, op 31
GabrieliIn Ecclesiis
GardnerCantata for Christmas
HandelAlexander's Feast
HandelNisi Dominus
HaydnThe Creation
HaydnNelson Mass
J.S.BachJohannes PassionTenor
LudfordMass for Tenor and Trebles
MendelssohnElijahall tenor solos
MonteverdiBeatus Vir
MozartMissa brevis in B flat, KV 275, Loretomesse
Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle
RutterBrother Heinrich's Christmas
Saint-SaënsMesse de Requiem
ScarlattiDixit Dominus
SchubertMass in G
SchubertMesse in G, D 167
SchützPsalm 150

JOEL WILLIAMS: W. A. Mozart, Im Mohrenland gefangen war (Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Wigmore Hall, October 2019

W. A. Mozart, Terzetto Act 1 (Le Nozze di Figaro)

"[...] while Joel Williams [...] did not miss the opportunity to shine in the quasi bel canto serenata O Colombina, il tenero.", Leoncavallo, Pagliacci - Palau des les Arts Valencia, May 2021
"The members of the Centre de Perfeccionament triumphed in their roles, both Amber Fasquelle as a sensual Lola, and Joel Williams with his delicate and exquisite Beppe."
opera, Leoncavalla, Pagliacci - Palau des Les Arts Valencia, May 2021
„Der britische[...] Tenor Joel Williams brillierte als Amme Delfa und Zweiter Stalliere mit warm timbrierten, beweglichem und deutlich artikuliertem Tenor.“
Das Opernglas, Melani, L'empio punito - Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, October 2020
"Auch der Tenor Joel Williams als alte Amme Delfa, Rocco Lia als basskräftiger Fährmann Caronte und Juho Punkeri als königlicher Berater Tridemo, [...], überzeugen vokal und szenisch.", Melani, L'empio punito - Innsbrucker Festwochen Alter Musik , August 2020
"Ebenso beglückend waren die durchweg hervorragenden Sänger.[...] Besonders Joel Williams als Amme Delfa in grünem Dirndl und Lorenzo Barbieri als geplagter Diener Bibi (Leporello) traten mit darstellerisch beeindruckender Bühnenpräsenz auf[...]", Melani, L'empio punito - Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, August 2020
"L'empio punito läuft als "Barockoper jung" im Programm der Festwochen und präsentiert herrliche junge Stimmen in der spritzigen, stilgetreuen und doch modernen Inszenierung. Großartig, wie Tenor Joel Williams die weibliche Rolle der Amme Delfa im Dirndl bis hin zur Kopulationszene darstellt!", Melani, L'empio punito - Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, August 2020

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