William Goforth


Appears on: Pink Martini New Year's Extravaganza

Tenor William Goforth received a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College, and a master’s degree from the Juilliard School. He has attended the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Franz Schubert Institut, Georg Solti Accademia, Heidelberger Frühling Festival Liedakademie, and the Richard Tucker Foundation’s Tenors course. Teachers included sopranos Elly Ameling and Mariella Devia, tenors Ian Bostridge and Neil Shicoff, baritone Thomas Hampson, and pianists Julius Drake and Helmut Deutsch.

He took part in productions of Matthew Aucoin’s Crossing, directed by Diane Paulus for the American Repertory Theatre and Brooklyn Academy of Music, and has appeared in the roles of Nero in Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, Triquet in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Edwin in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial By Jury, and Jack in Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Mr. Goforth won critical acclaim for his roles with Juilliard Opera, including his performance of Male Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia: “Goforth, with his virile voice, does not hold back,” writes Anthony Tommasini in The New York Times. In Opera News magazine, Fred Cohn writes, “The tone was established from the opera’s very first sung word, the Male Chorus’s ‘Rome!’ delivered by tenor William Goforth with startling force, as if to command us to attend to the proceedings. He proceeded to give a brilliantly declaimed performance.”

William has been a featured soloist with the New Juilliard Ensemble, St. Olaf Orchestra, and Pacific Youth Choir. He has sung in recital with Wenwen Du at the Atlantic Music Festival, Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, and All Classical Portland, with Brian Zeger at Alice Tully Hall, and with Steven Blier for New York Festival of Song.