“The dynamic young baritone, John Taylor Ward” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), has been variously praised for his “velvety suaveness” (New York Times), “Stylish Abandon” (New Yorker), and “finely calibrated precision and heart-rending expressivity” (Washington Post).  This season, Taylor appears with Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, and the Boston Early Music Festival; William Christie and Les Arts Florissants; The Seattle Symphony; the New York Philharmonic; and the English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Elliott Gardiner.  Other recent credits include the premiere staging of Orfeo Chaman with the ensemble L’arpeggiata (just released on DVD), the US premier of Viver’s Copernicusunder the direction of Peter Sellars, and a five-continent tour as a laureate of Les Arts Florissants’ Jardin des Voix. Taylor is a graduate of the Eastman and Yale schools of music, a founding core member of New York-based Cantata Profana, and the Founding Associate Artistic Director of the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN.

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