The Courts of Heaven and Earth
January 24, 2015
Mary Wilson returns after her critically acclaimed sold-out performance last season! The full Key Chorale & Chamber Chorus performs music from the times of Courts and Kings including two Coronation anthems: Let Thy Hand be Strengthened and Zadok the Priest, which has been sung at every coronation since it was composed by Handel in 1727. A rarely heard work by Handel, Laudate Pueri, will feature American Soprano Mary Wilson, the full Chorale, and orchestra. Ms. Wilson will also delight the listening ear with Mozart’s popular Exsultate, jubilate.
Mary Wilson is acknowledged as one of today’s most exciting young artists and was named an Emerging Artist by Symphony Magazine in 2004 in the publication’s first-ever presentation of promising classical soloists on the rise. In high demand on the concert stage, she has most recently appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Detroit Symphony, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Eugene Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Memphis Symphony, IRIS Chamber Orchestra, VocalEssence, and at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. She has frequently worked with conductors including Nicholas McGegan, Bernard Labadie, Martin Pearlman, Martin Haselböck, JoAnn Falletta, Michael Stern, Anton Armstrong, Philip Brunelle and Leonard Slatkin. An exciting interpreter of Baroque repertoire, especially Handel, she has appeared with Philharmonia Baroque, Musica Angelica, American Bach Soloists, Boston Baroque, Grand Rapids Bach Festival, Bach Society of St. Louis, Baltimore Handel Choir, Florida Bach Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Casals Festival, and the Carmel Bach Festival. 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.
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.
An accomplished pianist, Ms. Wilson holds performance degrees from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband, son and 2 dogs. Visit her at www.MaryWilsonSoprano.com.