The Welsh are famous for their singers, and the words “Welsh” and “baritone” go together like, well, horse and carriage, love and marriage.
On Friday (Oct. 17) at 3:30 p.m., one of those famous Welsh baritones, Jeremy Huw Williams, appears in recital at the Arizona Senior Academy, along with a pianist whose name may be more familiar than his around here: University of Arizona Regents’ Professor Emerita Paula Fan, a frequent visitor to Academy Village.
Williams, who holds both a Ph.D. and performance diplomas and has commissioned many new works, is at home in a wide variety of repertoire, Fan said. On the “new” side of the repertoire balance, in July he created the role of Hiroshige in Nicola LeFanu’s new opera “Tokaido Road” at the Cheltenham Festival.
Williams divides his time between opera, concert and recital stages in Great Britain, Europe and beyond. He is in Tucson as part of a six-state tour. For his ASA program with Fan, he will explore parallels between the traditional masters and new voices; talk about the birth of a work; and perform an eclectic selection of pieces.
“This will be truly a concert for the curious,” Fan said.
For more information on Williams, and a chance to hear him before he arrives, visit jeremyhuwwilliams.com.
Written by Susan Isaacs Nisbett