ART SONG FESTIVAL
AT THE CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF MUSIC
Founded by George Vassos
Dean Southern, Executive Director
Lenore Rosenberg, Artistic Administrator
Promoting art song and cultivating its performance since 1985!
Soprano Tamara Wilson continues to garner international recognition for her interpretations of Verdi, Mozart, Strauss and Wagner and is the recipient of the prestigious Richard Tucker Award. Other recent honors include an Olivier Award nomination and Grand Prize in the annual Francisco Viñas Competition held at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain.
21/22 season highlights include debuts at Teatro La Fenice for Fidelio, The Santa Fe Opera for Tristan und Isolde, and returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper for Ariadne auf Naxos, LA Opera for St. Matthew Passion, Houston Grand Opera for Turandot, and The Cleveland Orchestra for Otello. On the concert stage she will give a solo recital at Oper Frankfurt and Cleveland Art Song Festival and record a duet orchestral concert with Russell Braun at the Canadian Opera Company.
Recent performances include returns to the Canadian Opera Company for her role debut as Turandot, Deutsche Oper Berlin for Un ballo in maschera, and Oper Frankfurt for Don Carlo. In concert, she sang Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in a special Christmas performance and television broadcast with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.
Recent performance highlights include a return to The Metropolitan Opera for Aida, Il trovatore at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Otello at the Canadian Opera Company, Ariadne auf Naxos at Teatro alla Scala, and Elektra at Opernhaus Zürich. In concert Ms. Wilson presented Mahler's Symphony No. 8 at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and at the Edinburgh International Festival, as well as with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She also sang Bruckner's Te Deum at Teatro alla Scala, and Ariadne
auf Naxos with The Cleveland Orchestra. She debuted at Arena di Verona in Aida followed by a special guest performance at the Santa Fe Opera's Summer Gala and a recital at the Song Source Festival.
Tamara Wilson opened the 2017/18 season as Aida at the Washington National Opera in a production by Francesca Zambello. She then returned to her home company of Houston Grand Opera for her role debut as Chrysothemis in Elektra. She also made her New York Philharmonic debut in Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony (Symphony No. 3) with Leonard Slatkin in celebration of Bernstein's Centennial.
Ms. Wilson made her acclaimed debut at The Metropolitan Opera in Aida and her London debut in Calixto Bieto’s new production of La forza del destino at the English National Opera, for which she received an Olivier Award nomination. She also inaugurated the new opera house in Kyoto, Japan with Seiji Ozawa in Die Fledermaus. She was heard at Oper Frankfurt for her first performances as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten conducted by Sebastian Weigle and subsequently released by Oehms Classics. She recently debuted at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Opernhaus Zürich conducted by Fabio Luisi, in Don Carlo. She debuted at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Un ballo in maschera, triumphed in Act 3 of Die Walküre as Brünnhilde with Mark Wiggleworth and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at Royal Albert Hall, and debuted with the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev in Act 3 of Die Walküre as Sieglinde.
A noted interpreter of Verdi roles, she has been seen in the five-act French Don Carlos (Houston Grand Opera); Un ballo in maschera (Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Teatre Principal de Maó in Menorca); Ernani (Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse); Don Carlo (Bayerische Staatsoper, Zurich Oper, and Oper Frankfurt); I due Foscari (Théâtre du Capitole, Teatro Municipal de Santiago and Netherlands Radio Orchestra); Il trovatore (Gran Teatre del Liceu, Houston Grand Opera, Théâtre du Capitole under Daniel Oren and Palma de Mallorca); Otello (Cincinnati Symphony and James Conlon); Falstaff (Washington National Opera debut, Berkshire Opera Festival); Simon Boccanegra (Canadian Opera
Company); Aida (Opera Australia, Teatro de la Maestranza, and Teatro Municipal de Santiago); Un giorno di regno (Wolf Trap Opera); and Il corsaro (Washington Concert Opera). Other notable performances include her debut in Norma at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; Die Fledermaus at the Canadian Opera Company; her German debut at Oper Frankfurt in concert performances of Wagner’s early opera Die Feen under Sebastian Weigle; Idomeneo under Harry Bicket at the Canadian Opera Company and under James Conlon at the Ravinia Festival; Donna Anna in Don Giovanni under James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as with
Edo de Waart and the Milwaukee Symphony.
On the concert stage, Ms. Wilson debuted with The Cleveland Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 under Franz Welser-Möst, the National Symphony in Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 (“Lobgesang”) with Matthew Halls and with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem conducted by Marin Alsop at the BBC Proms, which was recorded for commercial release.