Tamara Wilson

Tamara Wilson

2016 Richard Tucker Award Recipient
Vocalists — Soprano

“It's not often you think you detect a future Brünnhilde in a soprano performing a great Verdi role, but that was the case when American Tamara Wilson made her UK debut last autumn as a stunning Leonora in the ENO production of Verdi's The Force of Destiny. So would she sing the Ring? Not for 10 years at least, she said. But then Mark Wigglesworth, a conductor she knew she could trust as partner, proposed the final scene of Die Walküre at the Proms, and the rest should go down in history… You couldn’t fault her in verbal intelligence, subtlety and every readable reaction in that beautiful face when she wasn’t singing; but above all it’s the placement of the extraordinary instrument, never too low that it makes any singing in the higher register effortful, which should see her through to a sustained career in the big Wagner roles (though there’s no reason why she shouldn’t keep on singing Mozart and bel canto too).” —David Nice, The Arts Desk, July 24, 2016 - Act 3 of 'Die Walküre' at the BBC Proms

“And in the American soprano Tamara Wilson as Leonora, ENO have struck gold: I can’t remember when this auditorium last resounded to a major Verdi role sung with such majestic beauty. Wilson has the power to ride effortlessly over the chorus singing fortissimo, and the artistry to create sublime magic with her harp-accompanied closing aria.” —Michael Church, The Independent, November 10, 2015 - Leonora in 'La forza del destino' at the English National Opera

“There was also a great rapport among the equally spectacular - and very young - alternative cast led by another American, the soprano Tamara Wilson (winner of the 2011 Viñas award), who debuted in the difficult role of Norma and had a triumphant run thanks to her enormous and intact talent, fearless attitude, theatrical phrasing and confident acting; to finish this successfully from the challenge is not possible in the hands of many, but the soprano from Houston achieved it with honors.” —Pablo Melendez Haddad, ABC, February 10, 2015 - Title role in 'Norma' at Gran Teatre del Liceu

“Ms. Wilson’s voice is most arresting in the laserlike authority of her high notes, but she softens the steel for sensitive moments, as when she dreams of escape with Radames in the third act. Her voice blooms with her palpable involvement in her own story: Her singing is urgent, her physical performance restrained yet powerful…[T]he Met has unveiled a young American who sings Verdi with a passion that surpasses stereotype.” —Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, December 30, 2014 - Metropolitan Opera debut as Aida

“Another soprano who won big ovations, and deservedly so, was [Tamara] Wilson, who proved her splendid Elettra in Conlon's "Idomeneo" here in 2012 was no fluke. Her Anna came on like a veritable force of nature, her huge, gleaming, dramatic soprano absolutely nailing both arias. Her Ottavio, the fine Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu, had all he could do to match Wilson's lava-flow vocalism in their scenes…” —John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, August 16, 2014 - Donna Anna in 'Don Giovanni' with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia

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American soprano Tamara Wilson is rapidly gaining notoriety for her interpretations of Verdi, Mozart, and Strauss with a voice that is a “veritable force of nature.” (Chicago Tribune) She is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Richard Tucker Award from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.

Tamara Wilson makes a number of important debuts in the 2016-2017 season: her Bayerische Staatsoper debut and Zurich Opera debut with Fabio Luisi as Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlo, as well as her Deutsche Oper Berlin debut as Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, a . . .

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