William Berger was born in Los Angeles in 1961, and grew up in a bilingual (Spanish and English) and multicultural (Mexican, Italian, and Jewish) home. After spending some teen years in various places in the US and Europe, he studied Latin and Italian Literature at UC Santa Cruz. During college, he worked part time at the San Francisco Opera in various capacities, including merchandising and translating for the Artists’ Liaison. Moving to New York in 1984, he worked in architecture/design, and was a part-time instructor of Romance Languages at Baruch College. As a free-lance writer, has written on a variety of subjects, including architecture, religion, and sports. He is the author of several books on opera, including Wagner Without Fear, Verdi With a Vengenace, and Puccini Without Excuses, (Vintage Books), and wrote the tribute “Chris De Blasio” in Loss Within Loss: Artists in the Age of AIDS (University of Minnesota Press). He is a frequent lecturer/speaker at a variety of venues, including The Embassy of Finland, The Italian Cultural Institute (NY), the Smithsonian Institute, The Wagner Society of America (New York, Washington DC, Chicago, and Boston), the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the opera companies of Seattle, Houston, Baltimore, and Washington DC. He was a frequent contributor to the NPR program At the Opera, and was the host of WNYC’s Overnight Music in 2004-2006, which included the weekly show “El Salón”, focusing on Hispanic issues in classical music. Berger has worked at the Met Opera since 2006 as a writer, producer, and on-air commentator, and is responsible for the Opera Quiz. His recent articles have appeared in the publications of the opera companies of Seattle, Washington DC, and Barcelona’s Liceu. He lives in New York’s East Village with Stephen Miller, his partner of 17 years.