William Parsons, tenor, is a native of Louisiana. He holds a B.M. in Voice from Centenary College of Louisiana, an M. M. in Voice Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi, and an Artist Diploma in Opera Voice Performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

In opera he has a wide variety of roles which include: George Brown in La Dame Blanche by François Boieldieu, La Natura and Linfea in Cavalli’s La Calisto; Silvio in Handel’s Il Pastor Fido; Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville by Rossini; Ottone in Agripina by Handel; the Witch in Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel; Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors; and John James Box in Arthur Sullivan’s Cox and Box. Mr. Parsons has performed musical theater roles such as Jack in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha, Mary Sunshine in Kandor and Ebb’s Chicago, Mr Erlansen in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Nicely, Nicely Johnson in Loesser’s Guys and Dolls, Father in Stephen Schwartz’s Children of Eden and Pirelli in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

Mister Parsons oratorio and concert repertoire includes: Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Honegger’s Kind David, Schubert’s Nachtehelle, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Beethoven’s Mass in C and numerous performances of the Roasting Swan in Orff’s Carmina Burana.

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