Recognized for having a "handsome tone" (Dallas Morning News) and “a beautiful quality to his baritone voice” (Edge Ft. Lauderdale), Will Hughes has sung with companies including The Dallas Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Florida Grand Opera singing and covering roles in Così fan tutte (Guglielmo), Les pêcheurs de perles (Zurga), The Consul (John Sorel) Madame Butterfly (Yamadori, Yakusidé), Doctor Atomic (Jack Hubbard), Ariadne auf Naxos (Harlequin and the Wig Maker), La bohème (Schaunard), and the title role in Billy Budd.
Will has also performed scenes from Iphigenie en Tauride (Oreste), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Don Pasquale (Malatesta), Wuthering Heights (Heathcliff), La bohème (Marcello) and Gianni Schicchi where he "was excellent in the title role, completely convincing as the wily manipulator" (Voce di Meche).
Also a frequent concert performer, Will has sung the title role in a staged production of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas; Handel's Messiah; the baritone solos in McCullough’s Holocaust Cantata; Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs, Hodie, and Fantasia on Christmas Carols; Finzi's In terra pax; and the requiems of Brahms, Duruflé and Fauré: the latter of which he sang under the direction of Maestro John Rutter along with the baritone solo in the maestro’s own Mass of the Children. Will has also sung a partially staged version of Bach’s Matthäus-Passion (Petrus) with the Philadelphia Symphony under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin as well as the bass arias with the Highland Park Chorale.
Will earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Wheaton College and Westminster Choir College respectively and also enjoys giving back by way of teaching a wide variety of students, helping them realize their full potential as singers. He believes his job as a voice teacher is to help others get out of their own way in order to allow the natural gift of their voice to come through. Feel free to contact Will for a lesson!