WILLIAM SHARP (baritone) has performed with American Bach Soloists for more than two decades, and is featured on ABS recordings of Bach cantatas, St. Matthew Passion, Mass in B Minor, and Handel's Messiah. He continues to garner critical acclaim for his work in concert, recital, opera, and recordings. This past season has been full of notable events. There were major roles in two operatic premieres: The Inspector by John Musto and Le Roi et le Fermier by Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny, both enthusiastically received (Opera News calling Mr. Sharp's performance at Wolf Trap "downright brilliant"). The Monsigny (from 1762 and never heard on this side of the Atlantic) was performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Opéra Royal in Versailles. David Froom's Amichai Songs were premiered in their orchestral version at River Concerts. Charles Villiers Stanford's orchestral song cycle The Songs of the Fleet was heard with the Chorus of Westerly and the Boston Festival Orchestra. A half dozen performances of Mahler's Kindertotenlieder were given in five states. Mr. Sharp participated in three imaginative concerts in the Ives Festival presented by the Post Classical Ensemble at the Strathmore, and there were four performances of Copland's Old American Songs with the Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop. Mr. Sharp's legendary portrayal of Scrooge in Jon Deak's The Passion of Scrooge was repeated with the 21st Century Consort at The Smithsonian American Art Museum. Also this season, Mr. Sharp made his second recordings of both Bach Passions, and has just completed recording Schumann's Dichterliebe and Liederkreis, Op. 39. Mr. Sharp made his song recital debuts in New York at the 92nd Street Y in 1983 and at the Kennedy Center in 1984. In 1989 he was presented in recital at a sold-out Carnegie Hall, and he is the winner of the 1987 Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition. He was nominated for the 1989 GRAMMY award for Best Classical Vocal Performance for his recording of songs of American composers. Mr. Sharp is featured on the 1990 GRAMMY award-winning world premiere recording of Leonard Bernstein's Arias and Barcarolles for Koch and he collaborates with pianist Steven Blier on numerous recordings under the auspices of New York Festival of Song.

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