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British tenor William Morgan’s latest engagements include the title role Candide at Scottish Opera, Ferrando Cosi fan tutte with Irish National Opera, Victorin Die Tote Stadt for ENO, and his debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in Dialogues of the Carmelites. Recent world premieres include Talus in Michael Zev Gordon’s Raising Icarus for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, and Scenes from the Wild, a dramatic song cycle for solo tenor and orchestra by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the City of London Sinfonia, with the solo tenor part written specifically for him.
William made his first appearance with English National Opera in the principal role of Younger Man in Tansy Davies' Between Worlds at the Barbican Theatre, directed by Deborah Warner. He was later invited to become a ENO Harewood Artist and has performed many roles with the company since, including Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, The Writer in the premiere of Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper, First Priest/Judge in Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus, and Hot Biscuit Slim in Paul Bunyan.
Other recent engagements include Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Marco The Gondoliers and Tamino The Magic Flute for Scottish Opera, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni and Ferrando Cosi fan tutte for Longborough Festival, Prunier La Rondine for West Green Opera, and Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music at the BBC Proms.
An avid chamber musician, he has performed song recitals at the Wigmore Hall and made several appearances at the Oxford Lieder Festival, in repertoire including the song cycles of Schubert, Schumann and Britten, alongside premieres of new works. His wide ranging concert and oratorio repertoire has taken him to all the major UK concert halls. He has appeared on BBC radio and television, as well as channels overseas; his performance of The Rake’s Progress with the Gothenburg Symphony was filmed by Accentus.
William trained at the National Opera Studio and the Royal College of Music, London. Before pursuing a career in music, he read Chemistry and Mathematics at Durham University.