Mary Wilson, Voice

Mary Wilson (M.M.)


(901) 678-3777
(901) 678-3096
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About Mary Wilson

"Simply put, Wilson's voice, and what she can do with it, seems almost inhuman.  She has a lustrous tone that can start as a whisper and grow into something so powerful it vibrates your bones."  (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)  Cultivating a wide-ranging career singing chamber music, oratorio and operatic repertoire, her "bright soprano seems to know no terrors, wrapping itself seductively around every phrase." (Dallas Morning News)  Receiving consistent critical acclaim from coast to coast, "she proves why many in the opera world are heralding her as an emerging star.  She is simply amazing, with a voice that induces goose bumps and a stage presence that is mesmerizing.  She literally stole the spotlight..." (Arizona Daily Star) In highest demand on the concert stage, she has most-recently appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Detroit Symphony, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Dayton Philharmonic, Memphis Symphony, IRIS Chamber Orchestra, VocalEssence, and at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.  She has frequently worked with conductors including Nicholas McGegan, Bernard Labadie, Martin Pearlman, Martin Haselböck, Robert Moody, JoAnn Falletta, Michael Stern, Anton Armstrong, Philip Brunelle and Leonard Slatkin.  An exciting interpreter of Baroque repertoire, especially Handel, she has appeared with Philharmonia Baroque, Musica Angelica, American Bach Soloists, Boston Baroque, Grand Rapids Bach Festival, Bach Society of St. Louis, Baltimore Handel Choir, Florida Bach Festival, Colorado Bach Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Casals Festival, and the Carmel Bach Festival.  With the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, she sang the world premiere of the song cycle "Songs Old and New" written especially for her by Ned Rorem.  She was named an Emerging Artist by Symphony Magazine in 2004 in the publication's first ever presentation of promising classical soloists on the rise.

On the opera stage, she is especially noted for her portrayals of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Susannah in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Gilda in Rigoletto.  She has created leading roles in North American and World premiere performances of Dove's Flight, Glass' Galileo Galilei, and Petitgirard's Joseph Merrick dit L'Elephant Man.  A national finalist of the 1999 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she has appeared most recently with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Dayton Opera, Arizona Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Memphis, Southwest Opera, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Goodman Theatre.

Recent recordings include "Mary Wilson Sings Handel" with the American Bach Soloists which was heralded at "luminous" (Opera News) and a must-have (Early Music America), and Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" with Boston Baroque.  Upcoming recordings include a DVD of Handel Messiah with American Bach Soloists and Grace Cathedral, Mozart Requiem and Mendelssohn Elijah both with Winter Park Bach Festival.

She received a M.M. in vocal performance from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.M. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.