About The Program

Called “one of the most versatile singing artists performing today” (Bachtrack), Grammy Award-winning baritone Will Liverman comes to Dayton fresh from his Metropolitan Opera premiere of Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X. Liverman opened the Met’s 2021 season as the lead in Terence Blanchard’s acclaimed Fire Shut Up in My Bones, and recently co-created The Factotum (inspired by Rossini’s The Barber of Seville) for Lyric Opera of Chicago. In this recital, Liverman and King showcase the work of renown Black composers and writers, along with traditional works from the operatic and classical music canons.


Gioachino Rossini “Largo al factotum” from Il barbiere di Siviglia
Florence Price I Grew a Rose
Florence Price Song to the Dark Virgin
Florence Price Night
Ella Fitzgerald (arr. Jonathan King) You Showed Me the Way
Francis Poulenc Quatre poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire
H. Leslie Adams Prayer
H. Leslie Adams Heart of a Woman
H. Leslie Adams Sence You Went Away
William Grant Still Grief
Franz Schubert An die Leier
Franz Schubert Im Abendrot
Franz Schubert An die Musik
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky “Ya vas lyublyu” from The Queen of Spades
Will Liverman (poetry by Paul Laurence Dunbar) Life’s Tragedy

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