Joel Williams

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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.

Joel is a former member of the Centre de Perfeccionament Palau de les Arts in Valencia and the Studio of Bayerische Staatsoper Munich. Last season he returned to Bayerische Staatsoper to reprise the roles of Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos and Nencio in Marie-Eve Signeyrole’s production of L’infedelta delusa, as well as appear as Vitellozzo in Lucrezia Borgia and Rooster in Cunning Little Vixen. He also returned to Valencia to give role debuts as Arnalta/Nutrice in Ted Huffman’s acclaimed production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, sang Hirt/Seemann in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg and made his house debut as Zotico at Opernhaus Zürich in a new production of Cavalli’s Eliogabalo by Calixto Bieto.

In 2023-24 Joel will return to Valencia for his role debut as Chapalitsky in Richard Jones’ new production of Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame and he will reprise the role of Scaramuccio in guest performances in Hong Kong with Bayerische Staatsoper. At Opera Toulon Joel will appear as Arnalta/Nutrice and he will make his debut at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Eurimaco in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria at the end of the season.

Other roles he performed at Bayerische Staatsoper and Valencia include Gaston and Victorin in Die Tote Stadt, Basilio/Le nozze di Figaro, Bardolfo/Falstaff, Beppo/Pagliacci, Le Mari/Les mamelles de Tirésias, Hirte and Stimme eines jungen Seemanns in Tristan und Isolde, Gernando in Manuel Garcia’s L’isola Disabitata, Parpignol/La Bohème, 4.Knappe/Parsifal, Don Luigino/Il Viaggio a Reims and Narr in a new production of Wozzeck. Joel also recently appeared as Delfa in Alessandro Melani’s opera L’empio punito at Innsbrucker Festwochen für Alte Musik.

He has worked with conductors like James Gaffigan, Vladimir Jurowski, Leonardo García Alarcón, Daniele Rustioni, Christopher Moulds, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Antonino Fogliani, Lothar Koenigs, Ulf Schirmer and Mikko Franck and stage directors such as Robert Carsen, Simon Stone, Barrie Kosky, Christof Loy, Pierre Audi and Andreas Kriegenburg.