photo: Kim Raaf

William Baugh is originally from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.  His desire to perform started at age three when he begged his mother to let him take piano and dance lessons.  At age 10, he joined the world renowned Philadelphia Boys choir and toured Canada, Panama, Costa Rica, Greece, Turkey, China, and various cities throughout the United States.

In High School, he was valedictorian of his class and an active participant in numerous choirs and musicals, as well as orchestra, marching band and drumline.  One of many highlights from High School was an event hosted by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association in which he performed in the District, Regional, All-State, and All-Eastern choirs from 2010 to 2012.

He then moved to New York City to study classical voice in the studio of Scott Murphree at New York University (NYU), where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.  During his studies at NYU, he performed in the operas Cendrillon, Bastien und Bastienne, the musicals Urinetown, Grand Hotel, and the Kurt Weill Revue There Once was a Girl Named Jenny.  He also had the opportunity to perform with Loft Opera in their productions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Tosca, and Le Comte Ory.  

The summer before his final year at NYU he participated in a summer program in Perigueux, France at the Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA) in which he performed the roles of L’Arithmetique and La Rainette in Maurice Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges.

After graduating from NYU, he moved to Berlin, Germany to continue his career in the vocal studio of Janet Williams.  His first opera in Germany, La Boheme, with the Berlin Opera Group (now Passaggio Oper) has led him to perform in numerous shows with this company including Ariadne auf Naxos, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, and Les Contes d’Hoffmann.  He joined the International Vokalenensemble Berlin and made his debut in the Berliner Philharmonie singing choral songs in various languages.  

He moved to Hamburg, Germany in 2019 to perform in the German premiere of Tina das Musical at the Stage Operettenhaus as a Swing and Cover Raymond.  

As Corona restrictions eased in the spring of 2021, William relocated to Hildesheim, Germany to be a part of the Musical Company at Theater für Niedersachsen (TfN). During his time there, he played roles such as  Lola in Kinky Boots, Favorite Son in American Idiot and Sir Robin (et al.)  in Spamalot.

After a thrilling season of six productions in Hildesheim, he moved back to Hamburg and has been freelancing since then.  Recent productions include Hairspray (Seaweed) and the 2023 tour of This is the Greatest Show (Swing).  He is currently performing the Role of Jim Conley in the German Premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s Parade at Theater Regensburg.