Vocalist - Baritone
Baritone William Sharp is a consummate artist possessing the rare combination of vocal beauty, sensitivity and charisma. Praised by the New York Times as a "sensitive and subtle singer" who is able to evoke "the special character of every song that he sings," Mr. Sharp has earned a reputation as a singer of great versatility and continues to garner critical acclaim for his work in concerts, recitals, operas and recordings.
“The highlight of the evening was an appearance by baritone William Sharp, who joined the orchestra for Ives’ Orchestral Songs.… Sharp’s smooth baritone easily sailed over the orchestra throughout the songs, illuminating spoken quotations by philosopher Henry David Thoreau (a fellow New Englander whom Ives greatly admired) as well as lyrical arrangements of ‘Down East’ and ‘At the River’, two traditional hymns. The most vivid song in the cycle, ‘At the River’ combined Sharp’s melodic vocal line with broad strokes of sound from the orchestra. Rich swells in the strings and a sprinkling of cool piano notes popped out at opportune moments to accentuate Sharp’s phrases.”
Monsigny and Sedaine's brilliant opéra-comique Le Déserteur, was an immediate and lasting success for its melodic charms and musical variety, its blend of comedy with moments of great sentiment and pathos, and its intellectual radicalism prefiguring the humanitarian ideas of the 19th century Romantics. This recording features the musical items only from this forerunner of the ‘rescue' opera, in which the heroine Louise extricates her fiancé Alexis from prison and a death sentence. A written explanation of the action between the airs is provided in the booklet.