William Cotten
New England 3rd Place Winner, 1986

William Cotten has retired from singing and is presently on the faculties of the New England Conservatory and The Boston Conservatory, teaching students majoring in both Vocal Performance and Musical Theater. Earlier he was Director of the Voice Division at UMass/Boston, and was the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Massachusetts District Governor (2002–2006) as well as a member of the NATS Boston Chapter Board of Directors (1998–2004). The tenor earned a Bachelors degree in instrumental and vocal music education from Mississippi State University and a Masters in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory, and subsequently and was awarded a Fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center.


In his operatic performing career, William specialized in character roles, including  Monostatos in The Magic Flute with Banchetto Musicale in Boston, Gastone in La traviata in Augusta, Erice in L'Ormindo (Cavali) and Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Wolf Trap Opera, and Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro with Boston Opera Theater, directed by Peter Sellars. This production was filmed in Vienna, aired on PBS's Great Performances, and performed at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona and in Paris. The versatile tenor sang the Sailor in Dido and Aeneas with the Mark Morris Dance Group and Emmanuel Music, and created the role of The Miller in the world premiere of Phillip Glass and Robert Moran's The Juniper Tree at the American Repertory Theater. Highlights of his extensive concert career include programs of music by Bach and Schütz with Emmanuel in Brussels, Honegger's King David at the National Cathedr theal in Washington, D.C., as well as performances with New Hampshire Symphony, The Friends of Dr. Burney, the Dartmouth Handel Society, Milford Symphony, Monadnock Music, Indian Hill Orchestra, Nashua Symphony Choral Society, and the Hampshire Choral Society.


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