A New Jersey State Opera Alfredo Silipigni Vocal Competition award recipient, William Powell, III has held principal, supporting, and ensemble roles in film, operatic, and musical theater works. His musical works including Oklahoma!, Gianni Schicchi, Rigoletto, Otello, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Washington National Opera’s productions of Appomattox, Götterdämmerung, and Dead Man Walking. William made his LA Opera debut in the Hubble Cantata at LA’s prestigious Hollywood Bowl and made his main stage debut in productions of Don Carlo and La Traviata. In the 2021-2022 season, William made his Lyric Opera of Chicago stage debut in Verdi’s Macbeth and appeared in Die Zauberflöte, Tosca, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, and sung in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
Additionally that season, William made his company and role debut in Long Beach Opera’s The Central Park Five. This season, William will appear in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s productions of Ernani, Don Carlos, and Carmen and make his company and role debut as The Mayor in Herman’s The Gift with Indiana’s South Bend Lyric Opera. He will cover the roles of Don Bayley/Bobby/Prosecutor in Chicago Opera Theater’s The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing and make his company and role debut in Opera Festival of Chicago’s production of Pizzetti’s Assassinio nella Cattedrale. Currently, in the 2023-2024 season, William is scheduled to appear with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, and Tulsa Opera.