Tamara Wilson

2016 Richard Tucker Award Recipient

— Soprano

“A miracle did occur however and, this time, it came from the singers. The performance boasted a fine team of eight Valkyries with powerful and nicely contrasted voices, but ultimately it was the three principals who lifted the whole evening to the Valhalla of music. Sieglinde only gets a few minutes to sing in Act III, but Tamara Wilson, a luxurious casting choice for such a short part, certainly made a lasting impression. Her cry “O hehrstes Wunder” (Oh sublime wonder), as Sieglinde receives Siegmund’s sword from Brünnhilde before fleeing to shelter, sung with beautiful tone, raised the roof of the hall. The latest recipient of the Richard Tucker Prize, Ms Wilson is building a reputation mainly based on Verdian repertoire and this was, I believe, her first incursion into the role of Sieglinde. She proved she is not going to let herself be pigeon-holed and this short performance really made one long for more.”
Nicolas Nguyen, BachTrack, December 11, 2016 - Act 3 of 'Die Walküre' with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Valery Gergiev

“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


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

Tamara Wilson begins the 2017-2018 season as the title role in Aida to open the season at the Washington National Opera in a production by Francesca Zambello. She returns to her home company of Houston Grand Opera for her role debut as Chrysothemis in . . .

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