The Peabody Post

William Davenport (BM ’11, Voice) substitutes with the New Jersey State Opera

In August, William Davenport, tenor, (BM ’11, Voice) substituted on very short notice as tenor soloist for renown Metropolitan Opera tenor Marcello Giordani in Verdi’s Requiem with the New Jersey State Opera, Jason Tramm conducting. The review in the New Jersey Star-Ledger was entitled “A stellar substitute performance” and said in part, “In Giordani’s stead, the young tenor William Davenport made a stunning debut, elevating the overall performance. Not only did he jump into the formidable music with finesse that belied his substitute status . . . he implored with striking Italianate sound and elegant long phrases that built to fervent and satisfying full heights. His is still a youthful, lyrical voice, but proved a mature singer, never seeming to push beyond his natural means.”

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