William Hite

Tenor William Hite has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, American Symphony Orchestra, Washington Bach Consort, New York City Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, New York Collegium, National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa), Charlotte Symphony, Boston Baroque, Toronto Consort, Emmanuel Music, Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque, and numerous times with Cantata Singers. He has sung with conductors that include Bernard Haitink, Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Hogwood, Craig Smith, John Harbison, and Peter Schreier.

Mr. Hite’s operatic credits include the title roles in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress (with Cantata Singers), Handel’s Jephtha and Belshazzar (both with Cantata Singers), Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and Cavalli’s L’Ormindo. He performed the role of Orfeo in Peri’s Euridice with the Long Beach Opera and has appeared with the Boston Early Music Festival in period stagings of Matthison’s Boris Goudenow and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. He also sang the role of Roderick Usher in the world premiere of the Philip Glass opera The Fall of the House of Usher at the American Repertory Theater and the Kentucky Opera, and has sung in world premieres of operas by Theodore Antoniou, Elena Ruehr, Lew Spratlan, Scott Wheeler, and Eric Sawyer.

Mr. Hite’s discography contains more than forty recordings that span a wide range of musical idioms. He may be heard in recordings of Messiah with Chicago’s Apollo Chorus (Clarion), Acis and Galatea (NCA), Scott Wheeler’s The Construction of Boston (Naxos), and Emmanuel Music’s Koch recording of the St. John Passion. He has also recorded Mozart’s Requiem with Andrew Parrott for Denon, and Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth on the Centaur label. Mr. Hite has sung in music festivals at Tanglewood, Santa Fe, Monadnock, Banff and Vancouver, as well as the Vermont Mozart Festival. In Europe, he has performed at the Athens Festival, Festival Mitte Europa, Academie Musicale in Sainte, the Holland Early Music Festival, and the festival at Aix-en-Provence. Mr. Hite is Senior Lecturer in Voice and coordinator of the voice area at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.