Baritone Jorell Williams has been hailed by Opera News as having “a solid vocal core and easy, natural production” and the New York Times for being “magnificent” and “rich toned”, as well as having “perfect” comedic timing. In the 2016 - 2017 season, Mr. Williams will make his European opera debut at L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève in Gershwin's Blue Monday, followed by the Budapesti Nyari Fesztival in a concert version of Gershwin's Porgy & Bess. In North America, Mr. Williams will make company debuts in As One with Seattle Opera, the world premiere of Independence Eve with Urban Arias, La Finta Giardinera in a co-production with On-Site Opera and Atlanta Opera, Blue Viola with Lyric Opera of the North, and the New York premiere of Crossing at BAM - Brooklyn Academy of Music. Jorell is a recipient of the 2016 Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship at Songfest, and garners top awards from the Gerda Lissner International Competition, Kurt Weill/Lotte Leyna Foundation, Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, Liberace Foundation, Serge Koussevitzky Foundation, David Adams Art Song Competition, the National Association for Negro Musicians, the Harlem Opera Theater Competition, Civic Morning Musicals Foundation, and the Charles A. Lynam Competition. He is an alumni of the Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase conservatory of music.