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My passion...

I am a singer

I've been singing as long as I can remember. The first time I was officially on stage as a singer was at age 5. Since then, I've been in dozens of choirs, chamber ensembles, from just four voices to 250. There is something really amazing about choral music that nearly defies description. There's an amazing rush you get creating these insanely gorgeous harmonies (especially a cappella) and combining your voice with others. 

But don't get me wrong, I love to be a soloist. Whether it's a recital, soloing with an orchestra, or playing a role in an opera or musical theater production, I love to explore what my voice can do. It's led me to singing roles written for tenors, baritones, and basses in more than a dozen languages and nearly every conceivable style from opera to country.

Representative Roles

Oratorio and Solo Concert

Johann Sebastian Bach -- Johannes-Passion (Jesus)

Johann Sebastian Bach -- Mass in B Minor

*Joseph Blaha -- Letters (world premiere)

Johannes Brahms -- Ein deutsches Requiem

Dave Brubeck -- La Fiesta de la Posada

Maurice Duruflé -- Requiem

Gabriel Fauré -- Requiem

*Donald Grantham -- The Diaries of Adam and Eve

George Frederic Handel -- Messiah

Arthur Honegger, Une cantate de Noël

Franz Joseph Haydn -- The Creation

Gustav Mahler -- Fünf Rückert Lieder

Donald McCullough -- Holocaust Cantata

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -- Requiem

Joseph Rheinberger, The Star of Bethlehem

*Daniel Pinkham -- Small Requiem (west coast premiere)

*John Rutter -- Mass of the Children

Franz Schubert -- Magnificat

Ralph Vaughan Williams -- Five Mystical Songs

Ralph Vaughan Williams -- Fantasia on Christmas Carols

*Denotes a performance given under the direction, or with the collaboration, of the composer.

Stage (Opera and Musical Theater)

Cosí Fan Tutte -- Guglielmo, Don Alfonso

Susannah -- Olin Blitch

Die Fledermaus -- Gabriel von Eisenstein

The Fantasticks -- El Gallo

La Cambiale di Matrimonio -- Tobias Mill

L'incoronazione di Poppea -- Ottone, Seneca

Into the Woods -- Cinderella's Prince

A Midsummer Night's Dream -- Theseus

Zaïde -- Osmin

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum -- Miles Gloriosus

Once Upon a Mattress -- Prince Dauntless, Wizard

Oklahoma! -- Curley

My solo experience spans more than seventy roles in nineteen languages ranging from the Baroque to Contemporary

Chanson à boire
00:00 / 01:51

University of Texas Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Tim Muffit, conducting

The Foggy Dew
00:00 / 02:42

Sara Andon, alto flute

00:00 / 03:18

Terry Lusk, piano

Hostias (Durufle)
00:00 / 01:51

Duke Chapel Choir and Orchestra,

Dr. Rodney Wynkoop, conducting

00:00 / 02:13

Dr. Elden Little, piano

Begin the Beguine
00:00 / 03:33

Dr. Larry McFatter, piano

The Call (RVW)
00:00 / 02:08

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Community Chorus,

Dr. Sue Klausmeyer, conductor

00:00 / 03:13

Studio Recording

The Nearness of You
00:00 / 05:25

Voice & Piano

Se vuol ballare
00:00 / 02:38

David Heid, piano

I Won't Send Roses
00:00 / 02:22

Voice & Piano

Tonight I Wanna Cry
00:00 / 03:46

Voice & Guitar

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When Bill Adams sings on your stage, your audience gets an amazing experience!  His attention to the text allows a voice that can shake the rafters in one phrase, to suddenly float an angelic pianissimo in the next breath and leaves the audience spellbound.  Every concert I have hired him has been met with requests to bring him back again.  He inspires those he works with to raise their own standards, and his collegial attitude is a joy to work with.

Dr. Joseph Crabtree

President, Laredo Philharmonic

Professor of Voice, Laredo College

Carl J. Halperin, The Herald Sun

William Adams' high-lying baritone, in "The Train" made the haunting refrain ("Goodbye to eyes that once caressed me, farewell to love that owned my heart. Farewell my love! Remember me!") one not to be easily forgotten.​

Timothy Mangan, L.A. Times

Baritone William Adams offered a rich and pliant account of the "Pie Jesu" in the Requiem.

William T. Walker, CVNC

I cannot imagine the first four songs being better sung than they were by William Adams, whose performance was wonderfully inflected and featured extraordinary dynamic nuances. It reminded me of the work of baritone John Shirley-Quirk.

Paul D. Williams, CVNC

Baritone William Adams took splendid solo turns in the 'Gloria.' [His] powerful low register carried the 'Domine Fili unigenite' in fine style."

Timothy Lindeman,

William Adams sang the role of Jesus with subdued intensity.

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