OPERA NEWS - William Dooley, 86, American Baritone Who Became a Celebrated Interpreter of German Repertoire, has Died
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8 July 2019

William Dooley, 86, American Baritone Who Became a Celebrated Interpreter of German Repertoire, has Died

WILLIAM DOOLEY
Modesto, CA, September 9, 1932—July 2, 2019
BORN AND EDUCATED in the U.S., the bass-baritone made his professional debut in 1957 in Heidelberg, as Posa in Don Carlo. He spent three seasons as a member of the ensemble in Bielefeld before becoming a member of Deutsche Opera Berlin, where he sang leading roles for two years, including Apollo in the world premiere of Milhaud’s L’Orestie (1963) and Cortez in the world premiere of Roger Sessions’s Montezuma (1964). 

Dooley made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera on February 15, 1964, in the title role of Eugene Onegin. In his fourteen seasons on the Met roster, Dooley sang a total of 188 performances with the company in New York and on tour; his most frequent roles for the company were Don Pizarro, the Messenger of Keikobad in Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier, Orest in Elektra and Jochanaan. Dooley was featured in new Met stagings of Salome (1965), Elektra (1966), Tristan und Isolde (Kurwenal, 1971) and Boris Godunov (Rangoni, 1974), as well as the company premieres of Die Frau ohne Schatten (1966) and Dialogues of the Carmelites (Marquis de la Force, 1977). In 1977, Dooley joined the Vienna State Opera, where he was a member of the company for six seasons. 

Dooley was principally celebrated as an interpreter of German standard repertoire, but the innate warmth and handsome color of his voice were often deployed to advantage in Italian roles, such as Iago and Scarpia. Twentieth-century roles created by Dooley included the Captain of the Royal Guard in Henze’s Bassarids (Salzburg, 1966); Mizoguchi in Toshiro Mayuzumi’s Tempelbrand (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1976); Pastor Oberlin in Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz (Hamburg, 1979); and Tiresias in Rihm’s Oedipus (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1987). spacer



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