William Davenport, tenor, is rapidly garnering attention for his strong yet lyric tenor and Italianate style. Of his performance in Chesapeake Chamber Opera’s production of La Boheme, Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun said, “William Davenport, who sang the role of Rodolfo has the makings of a significant tenor. There’s an immediately expressive and appealing quality in the timbre, one with quite an Italianate tint…” A native of Maryland, Mr. Davenport completed studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music under Dr. Stanley Cornett. He performed frequently with Peabody Opera, including the roles of Des Grieux in Manon, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Alfredo in La Traviata. Outside the walls of Peabody, Mr. Davenport has performed as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly in a semi-staged production with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and has completed runs as Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette both with Chesapeake Chamber Opera, and Bel Cantanti Opera. He has performed in several opera highlights concerts throughout the area including “Opera Goes to the Movies” with Maryland Concert Opera, “Opera Greats!” and “The Life of Rossini” with Baltimore Concert Artists as well as “Mozart by Candlelight” with Annapolis Opera. In April, he joined the Maryland Symphony Orchestra for a night of opera, as part of their Masterworks series. On the concert stage Mr. Davenport has performed as tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Concert artists of Baltimore, Dvoák’s Mass in D with Columbia Pro Cantare, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelleand Puccini’s Messa di Gloria at Peabody, Messiah with the Frederick Chamber Singers, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Montgomery College Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Mr. Davenport has completed young artist programs with Chautauqua Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Songfest. He is currently a Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where he studies with Bill Schuman.