Chrystal E. Williams
A native of Virginia, Chrystal E. Williams appears nationally and internationally in both opera and concert work. Recent engagements include Olga in Eugene Onegin with Northern Lights Festival, Rebecca Parker in Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD with English National Opera and Hackney Empire, a Philadelphia Orchestra debut under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the role of Publia in Rossini’s Aureliano in Palmira and covering the role of Arsace at Caramoor, soloist in Petite Messe Solennelle with OperaDelaware and Coretta Scott King in Philip Glass’s Appomattox with Washington National Opera. This season she is Charlotte in Werther with Baltimore Concert Opera and OperaDelaware and is soloist with the Annapolis Opera. She is slated to return to Birmingham Opera in 2019.
Other notable engagements include Norrköping Symphony Orchestra in Sweden, Cairo Symphony, Dido and Aeneas with Birmingham Opera Company (UK), Portsmouth Community Concerts Series (VA), The Apollo Theater, Opera Philadelphia, Hänsel und Gretel with Knoxville Opera and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Sarasota Opera.
She has been honored by the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition, the International Belvedere Singing Competition, Giulio Gari International Music Competition, New England Region Finals of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Liederkranz Foundation and the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition.
Ms. Williams holds degrees in music from the Academy of Vocal Arts, Yale University and Carnegie Mellon.
The Chrystal E. Williams Scholarship was founded by the artist in 2004 to help students wishing to pursue a career in the Performing Arts and is funded in part by her solo concerts in Norfolk, VA annually.