There aren't many professional opera singers who trained as Shakespearean actors that we know of, but Douglas Williams is one of them. The early music specialist trained as an actor with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. He received his musical training at he New England Conservatory, Yale School of Music, and Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
He is currently performing the role of Laurence in Gretry's Le Magnifique with Opera Lafayette. There is one remaining performance on Wednesday, February 9th at the Rose Theater in New York City. Click HERE for additional cast and performance information.
In 2010, Williams made his European solo debut with Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyrique in Purcell’s King Arthur at Cité de la Musique, Paris. He can be heard on the recording of Lully’s Psyché, with the Boston Early Music Festival, nominated for a Grammy for best opera recording in 2008.
Enjoy this video of him taken from the Carmel Bach Festival blog where he discusses Bach, his first encounters with music, other music he enjoys and his future plans. You can also listen to audio clips HERE.