Bill McMurray

Bill McMurray

Figaro

baritone

With more than thirty operatic roles to his credit, Bill McMurray has been described as, “a baritone with warm, rich tones and superb stage presence” by the Durham Herald Sun. A member of the Young Artist Program at Florida Grand Opera from 2000 to 2002, he performed a variety of roles in productions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Boris Goudinov, Manon, Regina and Madama Butterfly. Bill has appeared as a concert soloist all over the country and has achieved success in oratorio works such as TheMessiah, Elijah and the Mozart Requiem. In 2005 Bill sang the lead role of Prospero in Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest with Longleaf Opera in NC, while the composer himself was in attendance and received outstanding reviews for his performance. Later that season he returned to NC to make his debut with The Opera Company of NC in Raleigh as Angelotti in Tosca. He has also appeared in opera roles with Gold Coast Opera, Opera North, Knoxville Opera, Mobile Opera, the Chicago Cultural Center, Central City Opera, Chicago Opera Theater and Elgin Opera. Mr. McMurray has performed several times with the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “Opera in the Neighborhoods. Other engagements include the title role in Rossini’s Signor Bruschino with the Chicago Cultural Center, and a debut in Houston as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera in the Heights in the 2007-08 season. Additional performances include the roles of Dr Dulcamara with Elgin Opera, Muddy River Opera and Union Avenue Opera in their productions of L’elisir d’amore, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticanna, as well as the featured soloist in the Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Skokie Valley Symphony. He also appeared as a soloist in the gala concert with Elgin Opera, made a successful return to the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera Chicago and debuted with the South Shore Opera Company in Chicago in 2009. This past fall he traveled to Italy where he was a featured soloist at St Peter’s Basilica with the combined choirs of St John Cantius Church and St Joseph College. Bill also sings regularly with the Grammy award winning Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.