Ron Williams

as Professor Chester Washington III



Recognized nationwide for his artistry in the field of opera and oratorio and musical theater, the veteran baritone continues to gather acclaim for his work onstage and in the concert hall. He has sung leading roles with several opera companies nationally, including San Francisco Spring Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera San Jose, where he created the role of Edward in the world premiere of Alva Henderson’s THE LAST LEAF.


Locally, Ron debuted with Boston Lyric Opera in the revival of Kurt Weill’s LOST IN THE STARS, receiving critical acclaim from The New York Times. He portrayed nemesis Nick Shadow in the much-heralded production of THE RAKE'S PROGRESS with Boston’s Opera Laboratory Company at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Boston Globe praised his performance of Figaro in Opera New England’s THE BARBER OF SEVILLE.


Ron was a regional finalist in the San Francisco Opera National Auditions. He received the College Foundation Award from the California Music Teachers Association. He remains passionately interested in arts education for young audiences and has performed at the National Children’s Arts Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.


Ron maintains a busy concert schedule having performed with The Nashua Symphony, Chorus North Shore, Symphony Pro Musica, as well as Dartmouth College Symphony (N.H.) Ron took on the role of the biblical narrator in a performance of KING DAVID by Arthur Honneger with Masterworks Chorale. He made his solo debut with Boston Cecilia in Britten’s CANTATA MISERICORDIUM under the direction of the late Don Teeters, and has invited back to perform the role of Christus in Bach’s SAINT MATTHEW PASSION. 


Ron made his European concert debut with the Düsseldorf Chamber Orchestra in Germany and has performed extensively throughout Europe.


An artist committed to bringing to the stage works of twentieth-century American composers, Ron has researched and performed the oratorio of Hale Smith (MEDITATION IN PASSAGE) based on a slave ship’s passage to America. Ron was involved in the premier of ELMER GANTRY, the opera by Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein. For more, visit