Chrystal E. Williams, Mezzo-soprano
Rosina, The Barber of Seville
Chrystal E. Williams is a second-year resident artist at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she studies voice with William Stone. She earned her Master's in Opera Performance from Yale University School of Music in 2010, and her Bachelor's in Voice Performance from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008. She was a 2002-2004 STAR participant with the Virginia Opera House where she sang in the chorus and covered the role of Bersi in Andrea Chenier. Chrystal recently performed Nicklausse and La Muse in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and has performed Zerlina, Don Giovanni; Kartenaufschlägerin, Arabella; La Maestra delle Novizie, Suor Angelica; Mistress Stone, The Scarlet Letter all while at The Academy of Vocal Arts. She has also performed Death, Le Rossignol; Cherubino, Le Nozze di Figaro; Anita, La Navarraise; Dritte Dame, Die Zauberflöte; Charlotte, Werther (scenes), all with Yale School of Music. Chrystal performed Fidalma, Il Matrimonio Segreto, this past summer with Oberlin in Italy, and performed Hansel, Hansel and Gretel (cover), with the Aspen Music Festival. Chrystal has performed the Secretary, The Consul; Lilianne La Fleur, Nine; Bradamante, Alcina, title role, La Cenerentola (scenes) all with Carnegie Mellon University. Upcoming roles include Cuniza in Verdi’s Oberto with The Academy of Vocal Arts.
Chrystal has been featured as a soloist in J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the American Classical Orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Catfish Row (Selections from Porgy and Bess) and Jack Stamps Four Maryland Songs, both with the Yale University Concert Band, and was featured in the New Music New Haven Concert in October of 2009. She has also been featured in performances of Händel's Messiah, the Christmas Oratorio of Camille Saint-Saëns, Pergolesi's Magnificat, Scarlatti's St. Secilia's Mass, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Christian Kriegeskotte's Krljavestica (Premier 2008), as well as Simon Fink's In Dreams (Premier 2008). Upcoming engagements include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem with the New Jersey Master Chorale April 2012.
Chrystal's competitions won include 2012 New England Region Finalist Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; Regional Winner, National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., 2011; Second Place, Washington International Competition for Voice through the Friday Morning Music Club, 2010; Second Place, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New England), 2009; First Place, VA/NC Chapter of the National Society of Arts - Letters Career Award in Voice Competition, 2008, among others.
Chrystal E. Williams has participated in such festivals as Oberlin in Italy, Arezzo, Italy, the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Lucca, Italy, the University of Miami Frost School of Music at Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria, as well as the Aspen Music Festival and School, Aspen, Colorado. Chrystal joins The Glimmerglass Festival, Cooperstown, NY, as a young artist for their 2012 season.
In 2004 Chrystal founded the Chrystal E. Williams Scholarship to help students wishing to pursue a career in the performing arts. This scholarship is funded in part by her annual concert, An Evening with Chrystal E.