William Stafford

Baritone William Stafford has become one of the most sought after entertainers in all of Florida and beyond. He has performed leading operatic roles with such prestigious companies as The Palm Beach Opera, The Gold Coast Opera, The Greater Miami Opera, The YPO touring division of The Florida Grand Opera, and The South Florida Opera Company. He has also sung the major bass/baritone oratorio solos with The Columbus Symphony, The Virginia Symphony, Virginia Pro Musica, The Delray Beach Chorale, The Bel Canto Singers, The Greater Palm Beach Symphony, The Masterworks Chorale, and The Port St. Lucie Chorale and Orchestra. With great versatility, Mr. Stafford has performed the standard Broadway repertoire and the classic standards with The Serenade in Blue Big Band, The Michael Rose Orchestra, The Coral Springs Pops, The Hallandale Pops, The Sunshine Pops, the John Branzer Big Band, and the Marshall Turkin Jazz Ensemble. William began his vocal training with Dr. Macon Delavan of Tulsa, Oklahoma and has since studied with baritone Frederick Burchinal of The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, baritone William McGraw of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and coached locally with maestro Thomas Cavendish of The Gold Coast Opera in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Currently, Mr. Stafford is the lead baritone singer/actor for The Gold Coast Singers, the leading male singer/actor for the Musical Memories Series at The Delray Beach Playhouse, and is part of the successful duo act with his wife, soprano Alicia Branch. Finally, William specializes in sacred music as he has served for 14 years as the Director of Liturgical Music and Lead Cantor for two south Florida Catholic parishes and is the assistant to Cantor Ann Turnoff for the annual High Holy Days for the Mark Center for Jewish Excellence.