Hunk of the Day: Douglas Williams

Any time that I can incorporate a local angle into the Hunk of the Day is a fun one. Case in point is today’s Hunk Douglas Williams, who will be performing with the Albany Symphony Orchestra this month at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. (I actually performed with the Albany Symphony Orchestra once, alongside my private teacher. Clearly they were desperate for oboes, otherwise my ass never would have made it onto the Palace stage.) In the case of Mr. Williams, his hotness matches his talent (as exhibited in most of these photos by Kevin McDermott.) Mr. Williams is a bass-baritone with a booming voice, but before I embarrass myself trying to recall musical terms, let’s allow his website to explore his talents more accurately:

Douglas Williams has received international acclaim for his expressivity, outstanding stage presence, and generous vocal tone. In opera, concert, chamber music, and musical theater he is recognized for his versatility and range both vocally and dramatically, and this has brought him into collaboration with some of the great artists, composers, and directors of our time. His repertoire reaches over four centuries, being a sought-after interpreter of Monteverdi, Handel, Bach, and Mozart, in addition to the romantic and modern eras.

In concert Douglas Williams has appeared with several notable orchestras including the Detroit Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the New Haven Symphony, the Alabama Symphony, and the Albany Symphony. Likewise he has concertized with the baroque period orchestras Tafelmusik, les Talens Lyriques, Philharmonia Baroque, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Freiburger Barockorchester, and Seattle Baroque. In contemporary chamber music he has sung with the Biava Quartet, Ensemble Signal, Sound Icon, and the Southwest Chamber Music Society.

Douglas Williams trained at the New England Conservatory with Edward Zambara and the Yale School of Music with James Taylor. He has been a Fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Carmel Bach Festival, and a post-graduate Fellow of the Yale School of Music. His interest in theater lead him to train in Shakespeare & Company’s noted Monthlong Intensive in Lenox, Massachusetts, with Tina Packer and Dennis Krausnick.

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