|About William Hite|
|William Hite obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in voice from the University of Kansas in 1982.
He is a member of the voice faculty at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and Guest Artist at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
|William Hite was Tom Rakewell in a semi-staged production of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress by the Cantata Singers at Jordan Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, on Friday January 24, 2003, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday January 26 at 3 p.m.
In the Boston Phoenix of December 26, 2003, Lloyd Schwartz called the performance the "Best opera (semi-staged)" in Boston for 2003. "The Cantata Singers, under music director David Hoose, and mezzo-soprano Lynn Torgove, wearing her new stage-director hat, underlined both the wit and the pathos of Stravinsky’s major opera, The Rake’s Progress. Tenor William Hite in the title role, which librettists W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman based on Hogarth’s famous series of satirical paintings, soprano Jennifer Foster as Anne Trulove, baritone David Kravitz as sinister Nick Shadow, tenor Frank Kelley as the tongue-twisting auctioneer, mezzo-soprano Janice Felty as Baba the Turk, and the outstanding chorus and orchestra all delivered juicy, indelible performances."
|On the afternoon of Sunday March 13, 2005, I attended a performance of Bach's Saint John Passion at Jordan Hall in Boston.
The Cantata Singers & Ensemble
David Hoose, Music Director
John Harbison, conducting
William Hite, tenor, Evangelist
Mark Andrew Cleveland, baritone, Jesus
Karyl Riczek, soprano
Lynn Torgrove, alto
Charles Blandy, tenor
David Kravitz, bass
Dana Whiteside, bass, Pilate
Jason Sabol, tenor, Servant I
Alan McLellan, bass, Servant II
Kathleen Kew Lee, alto, Maid
Brian Church, baritone, Peter
John Harbison, composer of the opera The Great Gatsby, conducted a moving performance that brought out the drama inherent in the work. Tenor William Hite as the Evangelist gave an exceptionally memorable performance, his very pleasant voice delivering the text clearly and dramatically, but never overdoing the drama. The orchestra and chorus were superb, and the soloists were all of high standard.
Richard Dyer wrote in a review for the Boston Globe:
"Harbison's performance of the ''St. John' was text-oriented and exceptionally dramatic; after all, Harbison is a composer of opera. And the storytelling dimension of the piece was intense and compelling, and the chorus's characterization of mob mentality was terrifying in its violence and smug self-righteousness.
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"Tenor William Hite delivered the Evangelist's texts like a fire-and-brimstone preacher, and with hauntingly personal vocal colorations."
There had been a previous performance on the evening of Friday March 11, 2005, also at Jordan Hall.