William Sharp

Biography

Born: June 1, 1951  
One of the top baritones working in classical music today is William Sharp, who is noted for his expressivity, clarity, and ability to "sell" a song in one of the most difficult and demanding realms, that of art song. He first made his bow in 1982 singing at the 92nd Street Y in New York, and Sharp's reputation grew so quickly that within two years he was singing at Lincoln Center. Sharp made his recording debut in 1989 on the New World label Read more with a recital of American composers such as Virgil Thomson, Lee Hoiby, Paul Bowles, and others. Simply titled William Sharp, the album earned Sharp a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Vocal Performance. In 1990 he was one of the singers tapped to appear on the debut recording of Leonard Bernstein's valedictory work, Arias & Barcarolles, and this disc did take the Grammy for Best Contemporary Composition. Among his other two-dozen recordings is a disc of songs by Marc Blitzstein, in addition to recitals of works by Ernst Bacon and George Gershwin. Sharp also participated in the four-disc Albany Records series of the Complete Songs of Charles Ives. Sharp is in particular a strong advocate of the vocal works of American composers, and has sung their works with symphony orchestras and in recitals the world around.

Sharp is a frequent performer in various festivals all over the United States, having been heard at the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Aspen Music Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival, and countless others. Sharp is also well known for his work as an interpreter of Baroque music, and is a member of the American Bach Soloists. Sharp joined the voice faculty at Boston University in 1993, and in the early 2000s he joined the faculty at Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory. Read less
Deak: The Passion Of Scrooge / Sharp, 20th Century Consort
Release Date: 12/12/2000   Label: Innova  
Catalog: 545   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: June 1, 1951  
One of the top baritones working in classical music today is William Sharp, who is noted for his expressivity, clarity, and ability to "sell" a song in one of the most difficult and demanding realms, that of art song. He first made his bow in 1982 singing at the 92nd Street Y in New York, and Sharp's reputation grew so quickly that within two years he was singing at Lincoln Center. Sharp made his recording debut in 1989 on the New World label Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Ouverture
Act I Scene 1: Ariette: Je ne sais a quoi me resoudre (Richard)
Act I Scene 4: Ariette: Ami, laisse la la tendresse (Rustaut)
Act I Scene 5: Ariette: D'elle-meme et sans effort (Richard)
Act I Scene 6: Duo: Non, non vous ne m'avez jamais traitee ainsi (Betsy, Richard)
Act I Scene 8: Ariette: Le Milord m'offre des richesses (Jenny)
Act I Scene 8: Ariette: Ce que je dis est la verite meme (Jenny)
Act I Scene 10: Duo: Ah! Richard. Ah! Mon cher ami (Richard, Jenny) - Trio: Ah! Richard. Ah! Mon cher ami (Richard, Jenny, Betsy)
Entr'acte, "Orage"
Act II Scene 1: Duo: Tu resistes, tu te defends? (Rustaut, Charlot)
Act II Scene 2: Recitative et Ariette: Dans les combats (Le Roi)
Act II Scene 4: Duo: Ah ciel! Ah si c'etait le roi! (Lurewel, Courtisan)
Act II Scene 4: Ariette: Un fin chasseur qui suit (Lurewel)
Act II Scene 5: Quartet: Avance, suis moi - J'entends du bruit (Rustaut, Charlot, Lurewel, Courtisan)
Entr'acte, "Air de Chasse"
Act III Scene 1: Trio: Lorsque j'ai mon tablier blanc (Betsy, Jenny, La Mere)
Act III Scene 4: Ariette: Monsieur, monsieur (La Mere)
Act III Scene 5: Trio: Ah! ma tante (Jenny, La Mere, Betsy)
Act III Scene 8: Ariette: Il regardait mon bouquet (Betsy)
Act III Scene 9: Duo: Un instant - Il m'attend (Jenny, Richard)
Act III Scene 12: Romance: Que le soleil dans la plaine (Jenny)
Act III Scene 12: Ariette: Ce n'est qu'ici, ce n'est qu'au village (Richard)
Act III Scene 12: Ariette: Le Bonheur est de le repandre (Le Roi)
Act III Scene 14: Septet: Le Roi, le Roi (Richard, Rustaut, Charlot, La Mere, Betsy, Courtisan, Lurewel, Le Roi)
Act III Scene 16: Chorus: Que du ciel la bonte supreme (Rustaut, Charlot, La Mere, Betsy, Jenny, Richard)
No. 1. Cradle Song for Asher
No. 2. The Ancestor
No. 3. Redknots
No. 4. The Breather
No. 5.
No. 1. I Did Not Manage to Save
No. 2. How Can I See You, Love
No. 3. Both Your Mothers
No. 4. What Luck
No. 5. Massacre of the Boys
No. 6. Race
No. 7.
No. 1. Nightfall
No. 2. Spray
No. 3. The Kiss
No. 4. The
No. 5. The Rose
Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
Christe eleison (Soprano I and II)
Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
Gloria in excelsis Deo (Chorus)
Et in terra pax (Chorus)
Laudamus te (Soprano II)
Gratias agimus tibi (Chorus)
Domine Deus (Soprano I, Tenor)
Qui tollis peccata mundi (Chorus)
Qui sedes ad dextram Patris (Alto)
Quoniam tu solus Sanctus (Bass)
Cum Sancto Spiritu (Chorus)
Credo in unum Deum (Chorus)
Patrem omnipotentem (Chorus)
Et in unum Dominum (Soprano I, Alto)
Et incarnatus est (Chorus)
Crucifixus (Chorus)
Et resurrexit (Chorus)
Et in Spiritum Sanctum Dominum (Bass)
Confiteor unum baptisma (Chorus)
Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum (Chorus)
Sanctus (Chorus)
Osanna (Double Chorus)
Benedictus qui venit (Tenor)
Osanna (Double Chorus)
Agnus Dei (Alto)
Dona nobis pacem (Double Chorus)
No. 1. English Usage
No. 2. My Crow Pluto


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