William Short

William Short was appointed Principal Bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2012. He previously served in the same capacity with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Houston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. William has performed as soloist with the Vermont and Delaware Symphonies, as well as the New York Classical Players. He is the bassoonist in the Gotham Wind Quintet.

A dedicated teacher, William serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Temple University, as well as the Verbier Festival and Interlochen Arts Camp. He has presented classes at colleges and conservatories around the country and at conferences of the International Double Reed Society, for which he serves as an officer.

William has also performed and taught at the Lake Champlain, Lake Tahoe, Mostly Mozart, Stellenbosch (South Africa), Strings, and Twickenham Festivals. An occasional editor and composer, his works have been published by the Theodore Presser Company and TrevCo-Varner Music.

Committed to forging connections between audiences and performers, William's articles on the subject can be found on the MET Orchestra Musicians' website, which has been lauded not only by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, but also by noted arts consultant Drew McManus and prolific cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht.

William received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Daniel Matsukawa and Bernard Garfield, and his Master of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Kamins. He attended festivals including the Music Academy of the West, Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and the Verbier Festival. Additional major teachers have included Jeanine Attaway, Kristin Wolfe Jensen, and William Lewis.

The following is a supplement to the “Melodies” section of Selected Duos. In the linked pages, we provide brief synopses of settings and plots, original and translated libretti, and some of our favorite recordings.

No. 3: L’elisir d’amore: “Una furtiva lagrima”

No. 10: Norma: “Norma viene”

No. 16: L’elisir d’amore: “Come Paride vezzoso” [Synopsis and libretto]

No. 21: Norma: “Deh! con te, con te li prendi”

No. 31: Don Giovanni: “Il mio tesoro” [Synopsis and libretto]

No. 32: Schwanengesang: No. 4, Ständchen

No. 38: L’elisir d’amore: “Quanto è bella, quanto è cara”/“Bel conforto al mietitore” [Synopses and libretti linked previously]

No. 40: Anna Bolena: “Come innocente giovane”

No. 42: Die Schöpfung [The Creation]: “Nun beut die Flur das frische Grün” [“With verdure clad”]

No. 43: Norma: “Ah! bello a me ritorna”

No. 45: Anna Bolena: “Nel veder la tua costanza”

No. 46: Norma: “Casta diva” [Synopsis and libretto]

No. 49: Norma: “Meco all'altar di Venere”/“Dell'aura tua profetica”/“Mira, o Norma”/“Si, fino all'ore estreme”