On February 15, 2023, operatic baritone Will Liverman will make his Lincoln Center solo recital debut.
He is performing a program that portrays the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of the Black experience through poignant texts and expressive musical settings.
This program threads spirituals with classical idioms and includes select songs from his Grammy-nominated album Dreams of a New Day—Songs by Black Composers, with texts by luminaries including Langston Hughes, and a poignant new work entitled “Two Black Churches”—a musical reflection of two significant and tragic events perpetrated at the hands of white supremacists in two black churches, decades apart (the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, which took the lives of four girls and the 2015 Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, resulting in the deaths of nine parishioners.)
The recital is a part of a new Lincoln Center series called The Other Side of the Stars co-presented with The Metropolitan Opera, which showcases a different side of the artistry of the opera stars of today.
More info and the full program
The Other Side of the Stars
Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 7:30 pm
Alice Tully Hall
Presented in collaboration with The Metropolitan Opera
Operatic baritone Will Liverman performs select songs from his Grammy-nominated album Dreams of a New Day alongside pianist Paul Sánchez, showcasing the work of renowned Black composers across generations.
The program concludes with a new piece co-written by Liverman and Lady Jess—”Goodnight” featuring Lady Jess on violin.
Liverman returns to Lincoln Center after starring last fall in The Metropolitan Opera’s re-opening production, Fire Shut Up In My Bones, “in a breakthrough performance” (The New York Times).
For nearly 140 years, earning a place onstage at The Metropolitan Opera has stood as the pinnacle of any singer’s career.
Lincoln Center’s The Other Side of the Stars series was created to spotlight the depth and diversity of The Met’s stellar roster of soloists as they explore fresh methods of expression.
Get the program here and the tickets here.
Photo credit: 1) Will Liverman. 2) Jessica. 3) Sanchez.