About

Lauded for his luminous projection, lyrical sensitivity, and brilliant coloratura, American-Canadian tenor Lawrence Wiliford is in high demand in concert, opera, and recital repertoire. 2018-19 season highlights include a performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Les Violins Du Roy, performing a new work by Zachary Wadsworth with Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, Handel’s Messiah with the Phoenix Symphony, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Bach’s St. John Passion at the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, and Bach’s St. John Passion with Luminnous Voices.

Recent appearances include Messiah with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; the Evangelist in St. Matthew Passion with the Calgary Philharmonic, Orchestre Métropolitain, and Toronto Bach Consort; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the National Arts Center Orchestra; and Beethoven’s Mass in C-Major and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Houston Symphony.

Posted: Aug-7-2018
Latest News

As announced today by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) during the 48th annual JUNO Awards ceremony, the recording of Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) received a JUNO Award in the Best Classical Album: Large Ensemble category.

Artists
Carla Huhtanen | Soprano
Emily D'Angelo | Mezzo-soprano
Lawrence Wiliford | Tenor
Tyler Duncan | Baritone
Louis Lortie | Piano
Teng Li | Viola
Sarah Jeffrey | Oboe
Elmer Iseler Singers
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Peter Oundjian

Posted: Mar-18-2019
Latest Recording

That tenor Lawrence Wiliford’s voice is perfectly suited to English repertoire is clearly illustrated on this recording. In songs and hymns by Gustav Holst, his lesser-known student Edmund Rubbra and contemporary Ralph Vaughan Williams, Wiliford displays his gift for expressiveness, sensitivity to text and challengingly high tessitura.

Posted: Sep-29-2017
Latest Acclaim

"The lion’s share of the narration is given to the tenor, on this occasion sung by Lawrence Wiliford. Even more than on other occasions, he was in his element here. His voice is perfect for this type of Handel, and in the beautiful Bella Concert Hall, he didn’t need to push the sound. The result was eloquent Handelian singing at its finest."

— Calgary Herald
Posted: Mar-19-2018