is a young tenor from St. Louis MO. He attended Central Visual and Performing Arts High School and studied with two of St. Louis’ finest instructors, Dello Thedford, and Yvonne Crockett. While studying at Central, Chaz’men joined the Opera Theatre St. Louis Artist-in-Training program where he studied for two years. He went on to study voice at the University of Iowa School of Music where he studied under Prof. Stephen Swanson and coached with Shari Rhoads.
This summer, Mr. Williams-Ali will return to the Glimmerglass Festival family as one of this season's Young Artists following last season's success as Giles Cory in The Crucible and stepping into La bohème as Rodolfo. Last year he made his Kennedy Center Debut with Washington National Opera's Emerging Artist performance as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. The 2017-1018 season includes his debut with Florida Grand Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor and he is also is very excited to return home to St. Louis as a Gaddes Festival Artist with Opera Theatre St. Louis.
Mr. Williams-Ali made his professional opera debut in 2008 in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. In 2009 he was named the Grand Prize division winner in the National Association of the Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition. At the University of Iowa, Mr. Williams-Ali excelled in the music program participating in many operas and oratorios. He recently performed Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte in Milano, Italy. He starred in productions of La Traviata, The Elixir of Love, and Gounod's Romeo et Juliette at the University of Iowa. Chaz'men has also experienced success as a music director, having directed and conducted for companies throughout the Midwest.
Mr. Williams-Ali currently resides in New York City. Learn more about him at www.chazmenwilliamsali.com.