Soprano MARY WILSON is acknowledged as one of today's most exciting young artists. Cultivating a wide-ranging career singing chamber music, oratorio, and operatic repertoire, she continues to receive critical acclaim from coast to coast.
Wilson's appearances for the 2006/07 season include her debuts with Arizona Opera as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro; the Cincinnati Symphony in Mozart's Mass in C minor with Paavo Järvi; Omaha Symphony for Messiah; the Tucson Symphony for Carmina Burana; and Minnesota's VocalEssence for Bolcom's complete Songs of Innocence and Experience. She sang with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Carmina Burana with Leonard Slatkin at the Hollywood Bowl in September. She is excited to return to the Dayton Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony for Carmina Burana; the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for Mahler's Symphony No. 4; and the Delaware Symphony for Handel's Silete venti and Mahler's Symphony No. 4. Wilson will make her European debut with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic as Konstanze in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
In the 2005/06 season, Wilson made her debuts with Tulsa Opera as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos and with the Minnesota Opera as La Colorature in the North American premiere of Laurent Petitgirard's Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man. She was the soloist for Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Virginia Symphony; Mozart's Mass in C minor under Nicholas McGegan with both the St. Louis Symphony and the Kansas City Symphony; an encore program of Handel cantatas with American Bach Soloists; and Brahms' Requiem with the Quad Cities Symphony.
Wilson recently created the role of Grand Duchess Christina in world-premiere performances of Philip Glass' Galileo Galilei in Chicago and New York. She sang the Missouri premiere of the Handel Gloria with the Bach Society of St. Louis, Carmina Burana with the Pennsylvania Ballet, and Mozart's Mass in C minor with the Jacksonville Symphony. Wilson also sang the role of the Controller in the North American premiere performances of Jonathan Dove's Flight at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She sang her first Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with Dayton Opera and the Goddess Diana in Rameau's Hippolytus and Aricia at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She was a 1999 National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, awarded the Adams Fellowship at the Carmel Bach Festival in California, and is the recipient of a career grant from Opera Theatre of St. Louis' Richard Gaddes Fund for Opera Singers. She was named a 2004 "Emerging Artist" by Symphony magazine, the publication's first-ever compilation of up-and-coming classical soloists. Wilson holds performance degrees from St. Olaf College and Washington University in St. Louis and currently resides outside of Savannah, Georgia.