Sir Willard White: The Paul Robeson Legacy (Multichannel Hybrid SACD)

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Media: CD
Genre: Jazz & Blues
Catalogue Number: AKD218
Label: Linn records
Released: 2004

Sir Willard White was born in Kingston, Jamaica where he commenced his musical training at the Jamaican School of Music and then went on to the Juilliard School in New York.

New York City Opera
Since making his debut with the New York City Opera he has sung in the Opera Houses of San Francisco, London – both the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and English National Opera, Munich, Amsterdam, Geneva, Hamburg, Madrid, Paris, Los Angeles, Brussels and at the Glyndebourne, Aix en Provence and Salzburg Festivals.

Further Opera roles
His performances include Golaud in Pelléas and Mélisande in Amsterdam and San Francisco, Khovanschina in Brussels, Faust at the Bastille, Nick Shadow in the Peter Sellars productions of The Rake's Progress and Oedipus Rex at the Chatelet, Mephistopheles in David Alden’s production of La Damnation de Faust, the title-role in Stein Winge’s production of The Flying Dutchman for English National Opera, Nekrotzar Le Grand Macabre at the Salzburg Festival and at the Chatelet in Paris, the title-role Boris Godunov for Welsh National Opera, Nick Shadow at the Netherlands Opera and Parsifal at the Bastille.

Recitals
He appeared as the soloist at the Last Night of the Proms in 1999, Proms in the Park on the Last night of the Proms in 2000, and in the opening ceremony of the Millennium Dome in London. Last season his appearances included the Missa Solemnis with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, the world première of John Adams’s opera El Nino at the Chatelet in Paris, with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in San Francisco and with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester in Berlin under Kent Nagano, Turandot for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden Falstaff at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Don Carlos at the Orange Festival.

The Paul Robeson Legacy
His regular concert appearances include working with London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, La Scala Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestras and he is much in demand as a recitalist. His concert programme “An Evening with Sir Willard White – a tribute to Paul Robeson,” performed with a small group of versatile musicians, continues to be a huge success at festivals throughout the UK and is now available on CD.

Tracklist

  1. Witness
  2. Mood Indigo
  3. Ezekiel saw the Wheel
  4. All God's Children got a robe
  5. Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel
  6. Eriskay Love Lilt
  7. Lazy Bones
  8. Got the South in my Soul
  9. Go down Moses
  10. Joe Hill
  11. Scandalise my Name
  12. On my Journey Now

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