William Joyner was born in North Carolina, graduated from the Juilliard School in New York and won numerous prizes in the United States. His European debut took place in the 1997/1998 season at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo with Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod.
Following this he played Don José in Carmen with the Pittsburgh Opera and the New York City Opera, Rodolfo in La Bohème with the New York City Opera and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly in the Omaha Opera House.
In the 1998/1999 season Mr. Joyner made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Manon by Massenet (in the role of Des Grieux) which enabled him to enter into the international theatre circle: Théâtre du Capitole of Toulouse, Florida Grand Opera in Miami, Calgary Opera in Canada and the Washington Opera. Mr. Joyner can also boast an important concert career with a very vast repertoire (Verdi, Handel, Rossini, Mendelssohn, Beethoven) giving performances which were conducted by important maestros (Pappano, Jurowski, David). His career began in the Lincoln Center in New York and has gone from strength to strength. Last year the tenor also performed in the Arena di Verona in Verdi's Requiem. His participation in the first ever performance of the opera What next? by Elliot Carter was very important for his career in which he played the role of Zen in the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim. It was performed again in Chicago with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and also in Amsterdam. Recently the tenor received great recognition for his performances in Carmen in New Orleans, in Manon at the Teatro Reàl in Madrid and in Faust and Les contes d'Hoffmann at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.
William Joyner will be performing in the very near future in Carmen in Tel Aviv and in the New York City Opera, in Straniera at the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, in La Damnation de Faust at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and in Madama Butterfly and Fierrabras at the Oper Frankfurt.