French-Canadian baritone William Desbiens was born in Québec City, Canada in 1997.
In the season 2023/24, he performed the role of Figaro in ‘’The barber of Seville’’ by Rossini at the “Theater und Orchester Heidelberg” as well as at the ‘’Landestheater Linz’.
In Heidelberg healso sang the roles of Pantalone and Farfarello from ‘’The love of the three oranges’’ by Prokofiev.
He was a member of Mascarade Emerging Artists (MEA) programme from 2021 and with the beginning of the season 2024 he will join the international opera studio of Staatsoper Hamburg.
William Desbiens already performed at the Teatro la Fenice during his work at MEA.
Among others, he performed the roles of Il Conte di Almaviva from ‘’Le nozze di Figaro’’, Dandini from ‘‘La Cenerentola’’, Silvio from ‘’Pagliacci’’.
He graduated with a BM at the Mannes School of
Music in New York under his teacher Arthur Levy and worked also in masterclasses with baritone Sherrill Milnes.
In September 2022, he was a finalist in the Vincerò World Singing
Competition in Naples, Italy. In January of the same year, he was one of the finalists at the Paris Opera Competition (Ciopera) at the Palais Garnier. In 2021, he received the Director's award of
the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition, USA.

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Repertoire Konzert, Festival, Oratorio

Bach, J.S. Weihnachtsoratorium
Les Rapsodes Fantasia on Christmas Carols Vaughan William's
Venice, (Italy) Gala Giovani Voci alla Fenice
Opéra de Québec Festival Opéra de Québec
Mannes 20th Anniversary Festival Finale Concert Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Mannes Orchestra (Un)Silent Film Night
Opéra de Québec La Brigade Lyrique
Mannes Sounds The Prophet for baritone

Repertoire Oper

Rossini Il Barbieri di Siviglia  Figaro, Fiorello
Menotti Le téléphone de Menotti Ben
Prokofjew L'Amour des trois oranges Pantalone, Farfarello
Gounod Faust Wagner
William Walton The bear Grigory Stepanovich Smirnov
Giordano Fedora Nicola
Puccini La Boheme Schaunard, Alcindoro
  Contemporary Music The Art of change
Poulenc Dialogues of the Carmelites Marquis de La Force
Verdi La Traviata Marchese d´Obigny
W. A. Mozart Die Zauberflöte 1. Priester, Papageno 
Stravinsky The Rake´s Progress The Keeper of the Madhouse
Rossini La Cenerentola Dandini
W. A. Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Il Conte di Almaviva
Gounod Roméo et Juliette Mercutio
Leoncavallo I Pagliacci Silvio
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