Will Liverman, the baritone starring in the Metropolitan Opera production of Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” the first work by a Black composer in the Met’s 138-year history, has been named creative partner and advisor of Virginia Opera, working with the company’s community engagement activities.
Liverman, a native of Virginia Beach and graduate of the Juilliard School, starred as Figaro in Virginia Opera’s 2016 production of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.” He went on to perform with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Aspen Music Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Philadelphia and in several Met productions.
“This is a major development for Virginia Opera as we focus on key long-term goals: audience development and diversity, community engagement, and partnerships,” Peggy Kriha Dye, the company’s general director and CEO, said in a statement announcing Liverman’s appointment. “Will is an absolute tour-de-force in the opera world, and as a Virginia native, we feel he is uniquely positioned to contribute to our evolving mission.”
Liverman will perform in recital on Oct. 28 at the University of Richmond’s Modlin Arts Center.