William Davenport is receiving attention for his strong yet lyric tenor and Italianate style. Of his performance of Rodolfo, Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun said, “William Davenport has the makings of a significant tenor. There’s an immediately expressive and appealing quality in the timbre, one with quite an Italianate tint…” Upon his role debut of the Duca from Rigoletto with the Italian Opera Festival of Orange County, the Italian news reported, “The biggest ovation, however, was for William Davenport. The young tenor demonstrated a huge vocal ability.” Other leading roles include Edgardo with the Baltimore Concert Opera, the title role in Les Contes Hoffman, Riccardo in Verdi’s Oberto and Un Ballo in Maschera at the Academy of Vocal Arts and while obtaining his degree from Peabody sang Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Tamino in the Magic Flute and Alfredo in La Traviata.
Amongst recent and past engagements include: Verdi Requiems with the Austin Symphony, the National Philharmonic, the Tuscia Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy, the Bucks County Choral Society, the Princeton Symphony, and New Jersey State Opera. He made his role debut of Nemorino from L’Elisir d’Amore with Opera Delaware and the Baltimore Concert Opera and reprised the role of Alfredo at AVA. He made his debut as Rodolfo in La Bohème with Opera Naples in 2014 and in the fall of 2015 will be singing the world premiere of Corpo Visione written for the 10th anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II in Malta and Rome to be broadcast on RAI in Italy.
In concert Mr. Davenport has performed, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Concert Artists of Baltimore, Dvorák’s Mass in D with Columbia Pro Cantare, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
He is a Winner of the Opera Orchestra/Agnes Varis Competition, First Place Winner of the Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition, First Place Winner of the Giargiari Bel Canto competition, Finalist of the Loren L. Zachary Society Competition, National Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and Licia Albanese Vocal Competition and has completed young artist programs with Chautauqua Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Songfest. He is a 2015 graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and continues his studies with Bill Schuman.