William Hite’s reputation as a engaging and expressive artist has led to engagements with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, American Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Washington Bach Consort, New York City Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, New York Collegium, National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa), Charlotte Symphony, Boston Baroque, Toronto Consort. Emmanuel Music, Tafelmusik and Philharmonia Baroque under the direction of Bernard Haitink, Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Hogwood, Jane Glover, Robert Spano, Grant Llewellyn, Leon Botstein, John Harbison, Craig Smith and Peter Schreier.
Mr. Hite’s upcoming engagements include Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Handel’s Acis and Galatea at the Theater an der Wien and Antiochus und Stratonica by Christoph Graupner at the Boston Early Music Festival. Recent engagements include his Carnegie Hall debut with Music Sacra under the late Richard Westenburg and his Kennedy Center debut with the Washington Chorus in Haydn’s Paukenmesse as well as appearances with the Boston Symphony in Fidelio, the St, Matthew Passion and Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron, Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ with the Dresdner Philharmonie, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Vermont Symphony, Britten’s War Requiem at Duke University, King Arthur with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Bernard Rands’ Canti del sole with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Mattheson’s Boris Goudenow with the Boston Early Music Festival.
The tenor’s operatic credits include the title roles in The Rake’s Progress, Acis and Galatea, Handel’s Jephtha and Belshazzar, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Cavalli’s L’Ormindo, as well the role of Roderick Usher in the world premiere of the Philip Glass opera The Fall of the House of Usher at the American Repertory Theater and the Kentucky Opera. He performed the role of Orfeo in Peri’s Euridice with the Long Beach Opera and has been a regular at the Boston Early Music Festival in period stagings of Monteverdi and Rossi’s Orfeo, Cavalli’s Ercole amante and King Arthur. Additional operatic world premieres include the works of Theodore Antoniou, Ellen Ruehr and Lew Spratlan.
Mr. Hite’s extensive discography now contains over 35 recordings spanning a wide spectrum of musical idioms. He may be heard on recently released recordings in Messiah with Chicago’s Apollo Chorus on the Clarion label and Acis and Galatea on NCA. On the Koch label he may be heard in the St. John Passion with Emmanuel Music. He has also recorded the Mozart Requiem with Andrew Parrott for Denon and Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth on the Centaur label. He is featured on numerous award-winning CDs with the Boston Camerata as well as with the medieval ensemble Sequentia. William Hite has sung in music festivals at Tanglewood, Santa Fe, Monadnock, Banff and Vancouver as well as the Vermont Mozart Festival. In Europe he has performed at the Athens Festival, Festival Mitte Europa, Academie Musicale in Sainte, Aix-en-Provence and the Holland Early Music Festival. He is coordinator of the voice faculty at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.