William Shelton, counter tenor

In Besançon, William Shelton is starting a promising career. In 2017 he was admitted to the first “Mozart” class at the Académie Philippe Jaroussky, and the following year he joined Opera Fuoco’s lyric workshop, directed by David Stern. He made his debut under the baton of Raphaël Pichon in 2018 for Bach cantatas at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, captured and broadcast live on the Culturebox platform and in Israel for the Eilat Chamber Music Festival.

Subsequently he was engaged for the Messe en Si under the direction of William Christie for the second edition of the Festival de Printemps des Arts Florissants, then he was engaged by Paul Agnew for a series of Bach cantatas at the Festival in the gardens of William Christie in Thiré.

In 2018 he won the “Young Artist” prize at the Cesti International Baroque Opera Competition in Innsbruck, and then won 2nd prize at the International Baroque Singing Competition in Froville. In 2020 he won the 1st Prize at the “World Bach Competition” of the Boulder Bach Festival, and with his pianist friend Bastien Dollinger the Prix de l’Opéra Grand Avignon at the 12th International Melody Competition in Gordes.

Since September 2021, he is Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, under the guidance of José van Dam and Sophie Koch.