Art Song and Gospel — An Hour with Will Liverman

February 13, 2021, 4:00 pm

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Will Liverman
Will Liverman (Photo: Suzanne Vinnik)

This week, Listening to Singers begins at 4 p.m. and features a conversation with baritone Will Liverman. The Ryan Opera Center alum has debuted in leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Opera News writes that Liverman’s career “offers a model for what opera could be in the twenty-first century — inclusive and respectful of tradition but not afraid to venture beyond it.” Read more about Will Liverman here.

Will Liverman curates this hour’s playlist, revealing some of his musical DNA, and spotlighting his new recording for Cedille Records with pianist Paul Sánchez, Dreams of a New Day — Songs by Black Composers. Explore this album and read the excellent program notes by Dr. Louise Toppin here.


Gioachino Rossini: “Una voce poco fa” from Il barbiere di Siviglia
Pretty Yende, soprano
Orchestra Nazionale Sinfonica della RAI
Marco Armiliato, conductor

Clara Ward: “How I Got Over”
Mahalia Jackson, voice

Gene Scheer: “American Anthem”
Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano

Carol Cymbala: “He’s been faithful”
Angel Blue, soprano
Iain Burnside, piano

Damien Sneed: “I Dream a World”
Justin Austin, baritone
Damien Sneed, piano

Shawn E. Okpebholo: “Steal Away”
Will Liverman, baritone
Paul Sánchez, piano

Selections from Dreams of a New Day
Will Liverman, baritone and piano
Paul Sánchez, piano