“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. This season, she debuts with English National Opera as Rebecca Parker in Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD, a role she created for Opera Philadelphia and reprised at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Recently, she appeared as Elizabeth Keckley/Coretta Scott King in Appomattox at Washington National Opera, as Hannah in Birmingham (U.K.) Opera Company’s The Ice Break, and with Knoxville Opera as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel. 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.