Following two memorable appearances on stage at the Opéra des Nations during the 2016-2017 season – Sacerdote Maya in The Indian Queen, a remarkable season’s overture, and Oreste and Giove in Il Giasone, with rare presence and elegance – Willard White invites us to join him in an evening of melodies that introduce us to other aspects of his talent and his art. Awarded a CBE in 1995 and knighted during the Queen’s birthday celebrations in 2004, Sir Willard White was born in Jamaica and studied at the famous Juilliard School of Music in New York. Since his debut at the New York City Opera in 1974, he has appeared regularly at the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the San Francisco Opera, as well as in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Madrid, Paris and the festivals of Aix-en-Provence and Salzburg, where he will return in summer 2017. His repertoire goes from baroque to contemporary music. Although he says that the bass voice is often considered to be the voice of the gods thanks to its power and resonance, he believes that it is also good to be the devil, and nobody could forget his performance of Mephistopheles in The Damnation of Faust.