William Harness

born 26 November 1940 Pendleton (Oregon)

Picture of William Harness

William Harness sings Fedora: Amor ti vieta
In RA format

William Harness sings La bohème: Che gelida manina
In RA format

William Harness sings The Lord's prayer (Malotte)
In RA format
Originally a carpenter, he started his singing career in the early 1970s in San Francisco as a concert tenor. Soon, he appeared in opera, too (Seattle, Hartford, New York City Center Opera). In 1977, he sang his sole performance at the Met, as Tamino. In the following years, he sang opera in Miami, Fort Worth, Houston, New Orleans, Boston, Edmonton, Toronto, Hamburg. His most important roles were Tonio in La fille du régiment, Belmonte, Ferrando, Tamino, Almaviva, Elvino, Duca, Rodolfo, Pinkerton, Rinuccio, and Gounod's Faust. In the 1980s, he went back to oratorio singing primarily.

Reference 1: Kutsch & Riemens; reference 2

I wish to thank Helmut Krautschneider for the picture.
I wish to thank Joseph Shore for the recordings.

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