CCM Young Alumni Awardee Tamara Wilson in Lyric Opera of Chicago concert stream

The award-winning soprano performs excerpts of Verdi's "Attila" on Sunday, April 11

Soprano Tamara Wilson (BM Voice, '04) is quickly gaining international recognition for her interpretations of Verdi, Mozart, Strauss and Wagner. The UC College-Conservatory of Music alumna stars as Odabella in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's livestreamed concert of highlights from Verdi's Attila on Sunday, April 11; watch online

Wilson is a recipient of the 2021 CCM Young Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding professional achievement and engagement with the college by graduates and former students under the age of 40. Fellow 2021 CCM Young Alumni Award award recipients also include Christopher Allen (MM Orchestral Conducting, '11), Connor Gallagher (BFA Musical Theatre, '06) and Brian Lazarte (BFA E-Media, '06). The awards will be presented as part of CCM's Virtual Graduation Convocation Ceremony, which streams on Saturday, May 1, 2021. 

Tamara Wilson

Tamara Wilson. Photo/Provided

Wilson is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Richard Tucker Award, an annual prize conferred by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation given to a rising American opera singer on the "threshold of an major international career."

Other recent honors include an Olivier Award nomination and Grand Prize in the annual Francisco Viñas Competition. 

Wilson’s 2019-20 season included returns to the Canadian Opera Company, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt and a debut with the Santa Fe Opera as Isolde in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. 

Her 2018-19 season included a return to the Metropolitan Opera as the title role in Aida, Il trovatore at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Otello at the Canadian Opera Company, Ariadne auf Naxos at Teatro alla Scala and Chrysothemis in Elektra at Opernhaus Zurich. In concert, 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. 

Wilson made her acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in Aida. Performed in Calixto Bieto’s new production of La forza del destino at the English National Opera. She also inaugurated the new opera house in Kyoto, Japan with Seiji Ozawa as Rosalinde 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, both as Elisabetta di Valois. She triumphed in Act 3 of Die Walküre as Brünnhilde with Mark Wiggleworth and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at Royal Albert Hall, and 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); Don Carlo (Bayerische Staatsoper, Zurich Oper, and Oper Frankfurt); Un ballo in maschera (Deutsche Oper Berlin, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Teatre Principal de Maó in Menorca); Ernani (Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse); 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); Desdemona in Otello (Cincinnati Symphony with James Conlon, Canadian Opera Company); Falstaff (Washington National Opera debut); Simon Boccanegra (Canadian Opera Company); Aida (The Metropolitan Opera, Opera Australia, and Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera); Un giorno di regno (Wolf Trap Opera); and Il corsaro (Washington Concert Opera). 

On the concert stage, Wilson debuted with the Cleveland Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 under Franz Welser-Möst, 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. She also made her New York Philharmonic debut in Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony (Symphony No. 3) with Leonard Slatkin and Jeremy Irons in celebration of Bernstein's Centennial.


Featured image at the top: Tamara Wilson performs with the CCM Philharmonia during the college's Sesquicentennial Alumni Showcase. Photo/Andrew Highley, UC Creative Services.