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Described as possessing a voice that is "lyrical and firm ... with brilliant coloratura" (Vancouver Sun) and having "exceptional power throughout his range" (Boston Globe), American-born Canadian Tenor Lawrence Wiliford is in high demand as an artist in recital, concert and opera repertoire ranging from works by Monteverdi to contemporary composers. Mr. Wiliford has performed with some of the finest conductors of the Baroque and Classical repertoire including Helmuth Rilling, Trevor Pinnock, Bernard Labadie, and Yannick Nézet-Seguin and has been heard across North America singing the Evangelist and arias of Bach’s Matthäus Passion, Johannes Passion and Weihnachts-Oratorium. His opera credits include leading roles in Pygmalion (Rameau), Cosi fan Tutte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini), The Pirates of Penzance (Sullivan), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Turn of the Screw (Britten) and Acis and Galatea (Handel). He is also a respected recitalist often focusing on English and contemporary art song.
Carissimi Oratorios: excerpts and interview with Alexander Weimann
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