Mozart with Mary Wilson
Great Mass in C Minor
February 11, 2017 • 4:00 • First United Methodist Church • 104 S. Pineapple Ave • Downtown SRQ
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Soprano Mary Wilson returns to perform Mozart’s grandest composition, Great Mass in C Minor.
Mozart’s unfinished masterpiece was composed during 1782-83 in thanks for his wife Constanze’s recovery from illness. It was created on a grand scale and contains some of his most powerful and inspiring music, heightened by spellbinding vocal virtuosity for soloists and choir. In a letter to his father, Leopold, dated 4 January 1783, Mozart mentioned a vow he had made to write a mass when he would bring his then fiancée Constanze as his wife to Salzburg; Constanze then sang the “Et incarnatus est” at its premiere, which Soprano Mary Wilson will perform. Concert will also feature guest soloists Meg Bragle, Chris Romeo, Daniel Cartlidge and the Key Chorale Orchestra.
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Composed in thanksgiving for his wife Constanze’s recovery from illness, and in hopes of winning his father’s approval of their marriage, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor would have rivaled Bach’s monumental B Minor Mass in scope and scale had he completed it. Learn the mystery behind one of Mozart’s most powerful and virtuosic works for choir and orchestra.
Soprano MARY WILSON is acknowledged as one of today’s most exciting artists, with Opera News heralding her first solo recording, Mary Wilson Sings Handel, as one of their “Best of the Year.” 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 consistent high demand on the concert stage, she has most-recently appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony of Costa Rica, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Memphis Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, IRIS Chamber Orchestra, VocalEssence, Berkshire Choral Festival, and at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. She has frequently worked with conductors Jeffrey Thomas, Nicholas McGegan, Bernard Labadie, Martin Pearlman, Martin Haselböck, Robert Moody, JoAnn Falletta, Michael Stern, Anton Armstrong, and Leonard Slatkin. 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 the publication’s first ever presentation of promising classical soloists on the rise.
An exciting interpreter of Baroque repertoire, “with a crystal clear and agile soprano voice perfectly suited to Handel’s music” (Early Music America), she has appeared with American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque, Musica Angelica, Boston Baroque, Portland Baroque Orchestra, 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.
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.
An accomplished pianist, Ms. Wilson holds vocal performance degrees from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is an Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Memphis, and resides in Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband, son, and two dogs.