Associate Professor, Voice Voice/Opera Division
B.M., Samford University; M.M., Indiana University–Bloomington
Gran Wilson, a native of Bessemer, Alabama, has distinguished himself as an interpreter of the bel canto repertoire with a performing career spanning three decades and four continents. He has sung with companies such as the New York City Opera, Boston Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Australian Opera, Oper Frankfort, Netherlands Opera, Vlaamse Oper, Teatro di San Carlo Lisboa, Opera de Nice, St. Paul Symphony, Edinburgh Festival, Spoletto Festival, and Mostly Mozart Festival.
Mr. Wilson can be seen on Kultur Video as Tamino in the Australian Opera's Magic Flute conducted by Richard Bonynge. A best-seller in Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Company's telecast was a nominee for the Australian Emmys. He has also been seen in televised broadcasts throughout Europe. In the U.S., Mr. Wilson has appeared on "Live from Lincoln Center" in Anna Bolena with Dame Joan Sutherland, and on "CBS with Charles Kuralt" as the Duke of Mantua in Texas Opera Theater's Rigoletto.
On radio, Mr. Wilson has been heard on NPR affiliates with The Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Seattle Opera, Miami Opera, St. Louis Opera, Central City Opera, Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Richmond Symphony. In 1991 Mr. Wilson was chosen by composer Ned Rorem as the tenor in his premiere of "Swords and Plowshares" heard on live broadcasts of The Boston Symphony. His recording of Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite with Gerard Schwartz and the Seattle Symphony is on the Delos Label.
Locally, Mr. Wilson has appeared with the Washington National Opera, Baltimore Opera, Opera Vivente, Washington Lyric Opera, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and the Maryland Opera Studio. Mr. Wilson maintains an active performing schedule throughout the United States.