Pamela Williams, mezzo-soprano, enjoys singing in recitals and with orchestra in Chicago and across the United States. As a concert soloist, she made her Chicago debut at Symphony Center's Orchestra Hall as alto soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Apollo Singers. Most recently, for the first time, she performed a complete and unabridged version of Handel's Messiah with Armstrong College in Edmond, Oklahoma. Other recent performances include singing as alto soloist with the Choral Union at University of Missouri-Columbia's performance of Lord Nelson Mass with Joseph Flummerfelt conducting. She has also been a featured alto soloist in performances of Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mozart's Requiem, Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, Verdi's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Durufle's Requiem and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. The mezzo-soprano has appeared in concert with the Apollo Chorus, Columbia Chorale, Armstrong College Chorale, Missouri Choral Union, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
Pamela, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, has been a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago chorussince 1999. At the close of the regular 2013-2014 Lyric season, she had the privilege of performing as Miss Todd in Old Maid and the Thief and Sally in A Hand of Bridge with GSU's Opera Up Close. Pamela loves her job of being a full-time member of the chorus at Lyric where she was in the ensemble of Sound of Music this past May and has performed and understudied roles in Oklahoma!, Parsifal, Elektra, Die Meistersinger, Show Boat, Lohengrin, Katya Kabanova, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Turandot, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Der Rosenkavalier, Manon Lescaut, The Cunning Little Vixen and The Marriage of Figaro. Williams has also performed leading roles with the Natchez Opera Festival, Madison's Opera for the Young, and Indiana University Opera Theater. Williams has participated in Lyric Opera's "Opera in the Neighborhoods" and in young-artist programs at the Natchez Opera Festival, Tulsa Opera, and Opera Memphis.
Pamela earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia State University. She also studied at University of Missouri-Columbia and completed a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Indiana University. Her world premieres include the song cycle A Life Filled With Flowers by Daniel Michalak and Sid Selvidge's children's opera RiverSongs premiered at Opera Memphis in which she created the role of Gloriana.
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