"“ Chaz’men Williams-Ali was lively as Jazz, a trumpeter”"
Wall Street Journal, 12 June 2018
American tenor, Chaz’men Williams-Ali, begins Season 2018/19 at English National Opera, London, for the roles of Robbins and The Crab Man Porgy & Bess in their new co-production with The Metropolitan Opera and Dutch National Opera; following the London performances, he continues to Amsterdam to appear in his roles there.
He returns to the US to take on the role of Lensky (c) Eugene Onegin at Washington National Opera and continues to Fort Worth Opera for revival performances of Robbins/Crab Man in the Glimmerglass Festival Production of Porgy & Bess which he inaugurated last summer. At Opera Theatre of St Louis, Chaz’men initiates a principal role in the world premiere Fire Shut up in my Bones by Terence Blanchard, following on from the great success of his previous opera Champion.
Recent 2017/18 season highlights include his return to OTSL as a Gaddes Festival Artist in their summer season covering Alfredo La Traviata and took the featured role of Jazz in the rarely heard Regina—the great success of the season--alongside Susan Graham and James Morris. He returned to Washington DC in April to sing Don Jose Carmen in concert with The Washington Chorus under the baton of Christopher Bell, and he made his Florida Grand Opera debut as Arturo Lucia de Lammermoor.
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Maryland Lyric Opera, Roméo et Juliette
Lyrical doesn’t begin to capture to sublime beauty and suppleness of tenor Chaz’men Williams-Ali’s voice as Roméo. Soaring throughout the Kay Theatre in almost every scene of the opera, Mr. Williams-Ali’s voice was a revelation throughout the evening, as in the tender duet “O nuit divine” with Juliette near her bedroom balcony, or in the deeply emotional duet of love and forgiveness with Juliette “Va! Je t’ai pardonné,” Mr. Williams-Ali gorgeously conveyed every emotion Roméo experienced with his voice.
DC Metro Arts, Jacqueline Lucas Wilson, 20 July 2015
Chaz’men Williams-Ali Opera Repertoire
Carmen (Don Jose)
Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)
L’assedio di Calais (Giovanni d’Aire)
L’elisir d’amore (Nemorino)
Romeo et Juliette (title)
Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)
La boheme (Rodolfo)
Eugene Onegin (Lensky*)
La traviata (Alfredo)
Rigoletto (Il Duca)
Un ballo in maschera (Riccardo*)
The Crucible (Giles Corey)
Chaz’men Williams-Ali Concert Repertoire
Messa di Gloria*
Petite Messa Solanelle
Roles marked with * are currently in preparation.