“fiery and gorgeous”—Opera News
Chrystal E. Williams was the First Prize and Audience Choice winner at Sweden’s 2014 Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition. She recently revisited the role of Rebecca in Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD at the Apollo Theater, a role she created for Opera Philadelphia and also revisited in a co-production with Hackney Empire and English National Opera. She recently appeared as Elizabeth Keckley/Coretta Scott King in Appomattox at Washington National Opera, Hannah in Birmingham (U.K.) Opera Company’s The Ice Break, and Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel at Knoxville Opera. She has been soloist with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, the Norrköpings Symfoniorkester (Sweden), and The Philadelphia Orchestra, among others. An alumna of the Academy of Vocal Arts, she also holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and Carnegie Mellon University.