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William Edward Harness, American tenor. Recipient Very Important Person award National Cash Register Company, 1970; Florence Bruce award San Francisco Opera, 1972; Enrico Caruso award, 1973; Cecilia Schultz award Seattle Opera, 1972; Distinguished Citizen award State of Washington, 1974; National Opera Institute fellow, 1973-1974; Martha Baird Rockefeller grantee, 1974-1976.


Harness, William Edward was born on November 26, 1940 in Pendleton, Oregon, United States. Son of Edward Cleo and Edna Margaret (Senn) Harness.


Student in public schools, Spokane, Washington.


General carpenter, Rainway Manufacturing Company, Spokane, 1958-1961;with, Washington Water Power Company, Spokane, 1961-1962;technical service representative, National Cash Register Company, Seattle, 1962-1973.


  • Other Work

    • Concert and opera tenor various opera companies and symphonies, since 1973. Professional debut, San Francisco Opera Company, 1973, debut with New York City Opera, 1976, Metropolitan Opera, New York City, 1977, Hamberg (West Germany) Opera, 1978, major symphony debuts include Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada), Seattle, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco, Minnesota, Milwaukee Symphonies, sacred concert artist, since 1978. Roles include: Edmondo in Manon Lescaut, Tonio in Daughter of the Regiment, Alfredo in La Traviata, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Faust in Faust, Cauaradossi in Tosca, Prince Calof in Turandot, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera.

      Sacred concert and recording artist (14 sacred recordings), United States and Canada, South Africa, Latvia, Romania, Croatia, India. Tenor The Way Things Used to be, 2007.


Married Anna Marie Ward, January 11, 1964. Children: Janine Kay, Heidi Maurine, William Edward, Shaana Marie, Shane Michael.

Edward Cleo Harness

Edna Margaret (Senn) Harness

Anna Marie Ward

Janine Kay Harness

Heidi Maurine Harness

William Edward Harness

Shaana Marie Harness

Shane Michael Harness