Bass-Baritone Willard White Receives Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II
Thursday, November 25, 2004
LONDON ó Celebrated opera singer Willard White took another kind of bow Wednesday, bending before Queen Elizabeth II as she awarded him a knighthood.
"I feel very excited, this is a great privilege," the Jamaica-born singer told reporters covering the ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Famed for his rich bass voice and powerful stage presence, White has performed in some of the great opera houses of the world accompanied by many of the world's most celebrated orchestras.
White, who studied at the Jamaican School of Music and the Juilliard School in New York, made his professional debut playing Colline in Puccini's La BohËme with New York City Opera in 1974.
His British debut came two years later when he played Seneca in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea for the English National Opera.
Since then, he has worked with the London Philharmonic, La Scala Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has made a name for his compelling acting skills.
He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1995 and currently lives in London.
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