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William Gorton

Opera Singer from Philadelphia, PA Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 6 Reviews
  • 9 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2019
  • 1 Award or Badge
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Dr. William Gorton, tenor, has performed opera and oratorio with numerous opera companies in the USA, singing leading roles in operas such as Carmen, La Boheme, Tosca, Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, Die Fledermaus, Aida, La Cenerentola, L'elisir d'amore, etc., as well as tenor solos in oratorios like Handel's Messiah, Verdi's Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Puccini's Messa di Gloria, Schubert's Mass in G, Mozart's Grand Mass in C Minor, among others. He performs at special events like weddings, fundraisers, corporate parties, memorial services, as well as doing concert work. Dr. Gorton was an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera, and sang for the San Francisco Opera Guild. He is also a published composer, and serves as Director of Sacred Music at the Haddonfield United Methodist Church, where he conducts the New Jersey MasterChorale, which performs twice yearly with an orchestra comprised of musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra and friends. He founded the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale, and received his doctorate in conducting at Arizona State University, preceded by a master's degree in Vocal Performance from Westminster Choir College. William is a versatile singer, performing beautiful classical Italian or Neapolitan songs and arias, including repertoire made popular by Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli, as well as Broadway selections, and sacred favorites. He is also a specialist in classical song literature such as German Lieder and French chanson. Among William's most requested pieces are The Lord's Prayer, Ave Maria, O Sole Mio, Torna a Surriento, Music of the Night, This is the Moment, All I Ask of You, My Funny Valentine, Stranger in Paradise, Maria, Danny Boy, Granada, Besame mucho, Core 'ngrato, Ideale, Nessun dorma, Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partiro). Many others are available, and William is happy to work with you to fulfill any special requests. Reviews of past performances: “A beautiful true tenor. Throbbing vitality.” --Marilyn Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle “Gorton was a marvel as Don Jose. He gives the role a truly tragic stature rather than the irresponsible loser that character can sometimes appear. His voice is strong, well-nuanced and communicative.” --Sherman Spencer, The Stockton Record “One did not have to wait for tenor William Gorton to deliver the goods. From his first entrance, this promising young singer commanded both the music and the stage, never so fine as in Edgardo's two beautiful arias in the final scene.” --Suzanne Weiss, The Times, San Mateo “No one epitomizes that wonderful combination of voice and humor better than William Gorton as Rinuccio.” --Tim Fish, Santa Rosa Press Democrat “William Gorton, a tall, handsome young tenor, gave a promising performance as Lionel...realistic acting, an obvious inner confidence. His rendering of M'appari was brilliant and warm.” --Robert A. Masullo, The Sacramento Bee “Gorton offered a beautifully shaded O sole mio, delivered with clarity and passion, as was his encore, Return to Sorrento.” --Mary Wallis, Napa Valley Register “Tenor William Gorton...brought down the house with his soaring rendition of No Puede Ser.” --Marilyn LaRocque, Napa Valley Register “He has a ringing tenor voice and a command of bel canto style that could even make viable the final scene, which often seems an unneeded appendage.” --Sherman Spencer, the Stockton Record , on Lucia di Lammermoor “The production's strongest fusion of vocal and dramatic strength comes from William Gorton as Edgardo, the tragedy's other victim. His presence is virile, his voice is big and true, and his gestures, expressions and movements follow the basic rule that Shakespeare laid down in 'Hamlet': 'Suit the action to the word...'” --Leo Stutzin, on Lucia, the Modesto Bee William, you were wonderful in the role of Rodolfo... our audiences were totally captivated.. Many members of our orchestra and audience were moved to tears during your performance. --cheers, Joyce [Johnson-Hamilton, Diablo Symphony] “William Gorton, a Bay Area vocalist who has been heard locally in several operatic roles, was literally a last minute replacement for ailing tenor John De Haan. Almost incredibly, Gorton learned this extended and difficult work from scratch in two days and performed it with style, conviction and elegant musicality...he sang with the aplomb of a seasoned interpreter.” --Sherman Spencer, The Stockton Record, on Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, with the Stockton Symphony.


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Review by Susan S.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on July 28, 2021From Avalon, NJ

William was unable to come to the birthday party for our friend Donna. And so he accommodated us by personalizing a tribute to her all on a professional video. He sang four of her favorite songs: Con Te Partiro, William is as good is Andrea! You Raise Me Up! The Prayer:William is better than Josh. And Wind Beneath My Wings.He is easier on the eyes than Bette! Here’s Donna’s personal thank you:”William Thank you so much for sharing your time and talent for the absolutely beautiful birthday concert. It was something I will forever remember and cherish. My favorite songs performed so perfectly. We were all brought to tears. What a special gift. Warm regards, Donna”??

William Gorton:

Wow, thank you so much, Susan and Donna, for the wonderful review! You're making my job harder, lol, since now I have to live up to being "better" than all these famous people. Many blessings and best cheers to you all! William

Review by Angel D.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on June 25, 2021From Longport, NJ

William Gorton was a true professional, our friends and family were overwhelmed with his passion to sing and his talent. He far exceeded our expectations!

William Gorton:

Thank you, Angel! I hope that everyone will cherish the memory of your event. It was an honor to sing for you all! All the best to you all! William

Review by Beth M.

CelebrationReviewed on May 7, 2021From Tuckahoe, NY

If you are able to secure William Gorton for an event, you are very lucky. We had the joy and privilege to book William for my mother's 80th Birthday. William sang a selection of opera and broadway songs as part of an event our family will treasure forever. In advance of the event, William was super organised, easy to talk to and very understanding of our family's specific needs. Honestly, William is an incredible talent and we were so fortunate to get to work with William for a very special occasion. William's voice is divine. Thank you, William!

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  • The Lord's Prayer
  • When You Say You Love Me | Groban
  • You Raise Me Up
  • Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partiro)
  • Music of the Night
  • Ave Maria (Schubert or Bach-Gounod)
  • Panis Angelicus (Bread of Angels)
  • All I Ask of You
  • The Flower Song from Carmen
  • My Funny Valentine
  • On the Street Where You Live
  • This is the Moment
  • Stranger in Paradise
  • Wind Beneath My Wings
  • Maria
  • I Only Have Eyes for You
  • Be My Love
  • Tonight
  • Some Enchanted Evening
  • Danny Boy
  • Granada
  • One Hand, One Heart (West Side Story)
  • Somewhere (There's a Place for Us)
  • Blue Skies
  • Besame Mucho
  • No Puede Ser
  • O Sole Mio
  • Torna a Surriento
  • A Vucchella
  • Marechiare
  • Core 'ngrato
  • Ideale
  • Funiculi funicula
  • Nessun dorma
  • Fenesta che lucive
  • Others Upon Request


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September 25, 2021 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Royersford, PA
May 28, 2022 • Wedding
Sat7:00 PM - 7:15 PM Honey Brook, PA

Past Events

July 28, 2021 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Wed1:00 PM - 1:15 PM Avalon, NJ
June 25, 2021 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Fri3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Longport, NJ
June 5, 2021 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Cape May, NJ
May 7, 2021 • Celebration
Fri5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Tuckahoe, NY
March 30, 2021 • Meeting
Tue10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Princeton, NJ
January 5, 2021 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Tue12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Southampton, PA
December 30, 2020 • Funeral
Wed10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Camden, NJ

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