Baritone William Sharp has been 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,” and continues to garner critical acclaim for his work in concert, recital, opera and recordings.
He is a frequent participant in Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival and the Marlboro Music Festival, and has made numerous appearances with the Bach Aria Group and the Handel and Haydn Society. Recent highlights include a return to the New York Festival of Song in a concert titled “Where We Came From”, the Boston Early Music Festival in the world premiere of Graupner’s Antiochus und Stratonica, the Bethlehem Bach Festival in the world premiere of Stephen Paulus’ A Dream of Time and Libby Larsen’s The Flower, and Washington National Cathedral in the Saint John Passion and Handel’s Messiah.
Other recent engagements included appearances with Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin in Scott Wheeler’s The Palace at Four A. M., the National Philharmonic in Brahms’ Requiem, and the Cathedral Choral Society in Britten’s War Requiem. Mr. Sharp also performed with Mark Morris Dance Company in Four Saints in Three Acts and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. He is the winner of several prestigious awards including the 1987 Carnegie Hall International Music Competition.
A highly respected recording artist, Mr. Sharp received a 1990 Grammy award for his recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles with the New York Festival of Song and recorded Gershwin’s Songs and Duets with soprano Judith Kaye and pianist Steven Bluer.