Meet Bill McMurray

Baritone – Opera | Oratorio | Pops

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About Bill

“Ah che bel vivere che bel piacere.”

I can relate to Figaro as he expresses, “Ah what a beautiful life, what beautiful pleasure.” I feel the same way about singing. Having sung over 30 operatic roles in my career, spanning from standards such as La Boheme and Carmen to several world premiers, the excitement remains the same bringing masterpieces to the community. Explore my website to learn more about my activities and accomplishments. Feel free to send me a note if you’d like to connect.

Featured Roles

Some of Bill’s Favorite Roles


Il bariere di Siviglia


La Traviata


L’elisir d’amore


La Boheme

Count Almaviva

Le Nozze di Figaro

Upcoming Events

Where you can see Bill

Chicago Music Association

Chicago Music Association

CMA Does Broadway

September 17, 2023, 4pm | Tickets | South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Bakersfield Symphony

Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

Gershwin, Porgy and Bess, A concert of Songs & Walt Whitman’s America – Soloist
October 7, 2023, 6:30pm | Mechanics Bank Theater, Bakersfield, CA


Pilgrim Church of Oak Park

Elgin Master Chorale

Beethoven Mass in C and Margaret Bonds Credo – Soloist

November 12, 2022, 3:30pm  | Tickets | Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL

IPO Logo

Apollo Chorus

Handel’s Messiah – Soloist

December 9 & 10, 2023 | Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, IL | Alice Miller Chapel, Evanston, IL


Michigan City Messiah

Messiah  – Soloist

December 16 & 17, 2023 | Holdcraft Performing Arts Center, Michigan City, IN

Chicago Opera Theater

Elmhurst Symphony

Anton Bruckner Te Deum – Soloist

March 9 & 10, 2024  |  Tickets | Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, Elmhurst, IL

Opera San Antonio

Opera San Antonio

Pirates of Penzance – The Pirate King

April 11 & 13, 2024  |  Tickets | Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio, TX

Opera San Antonio

Illinois Philharmonic

Beethoven 9 – Soloist

May 18, 2024  |  Tickets | Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL

Contact Bill

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Hear Bill McMurray Live

Ging heut' morgan übers Feld

by Gustav Mahler | Songs of the Wayfarer

Ich hab ein gluhend Messer

by Gustav Mahler | Songs of the Wayfarer

Die zwei blauen augen vom meinem Schatz

by Gustav Mahler | Songs of the Wayfarer


Photos of Bill McMurray in Action


Videos of Bill McMurray in Action

Thus Saith the Lord

Messiah – Handel

It take a long pull to get there

Porgy and Bess – Gershwin
Skylight Opera Theater


What the Press Says about Bill McMurray

We have been continuously delighted and impressed with the talent of baritone Bill McMurray. His sturdy baritone is capable of a range of color that bordered on fearsome as Ibn-Hakia in Iolanta earlier this season but was warm and paternal in this role.

William and Margaret Swain
The Scarlet Ibis – 2019

There was a poignant Father from Bill McMurray, one of several bass-baritones emerging among Chicago’s most enjoyable singers.

Opera News
The Scarlet Ibis- 2019

Company regular Bill McMurray brought an authoritative bass-baritone and dignified presence to Ibn-Hakia, the holistic physician.

Lawrence Johnson
Chicago Classical Review
Iolanta – 2019

Company regular Bill McMurray was well suited to the role of Father. The burly singer was a strong yet sensitive paternal figure, his baritone warm yet pliant in his solo moments.

Lawrence Johnson
Chicago Classical Review
The Scarlet Ibis – 2019