College Park, Md.—The University of Maryland School of Music is pleased to announce soprano Tamara Wilson as an Artist in Residence for the 2017-18 academic year.
Tamara is well on her way to becoming one of the most preeminent sopranos of her generation, having won the 2016 Richard Tucker Award given to an American opera singer on the threshold of an international career. She has appeared with several major European opera companies, including the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, and the English National Opera. In North America, she has sung roles at the Los Angeles Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Canadian Opera Company, and she has appeared in concert with such orchestras as Atlanta, Minnesota, Baltimore, and the National Symphony. Tamara is currently singing the title role in Verdi’s Aïda at the Washington National Opera, reprising the role with which she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2014.
During her residency at the School of Music, Tamara will work with both undergraduate and graduate students across a range of areas, beginning with a series of masterclasses and lessons on Monday, September 25 and Tuesday, September 26. She returns in December for more lessons and also to debut her song recital program “Weightless Dreams” with Justina Lee on Sunday, December 3 at 8:00pm in the Joseph & Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall. Her residency concludes in May, with teaching and a performance of Strauss's Four Last Songs with guest conductor Matthew Halls and the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, May 6 at 4:00pm in the Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall.
“I had the great fortune of giving a masterclass at the School of Music a few years ago and I am so honored that the University has invited me back to be an Artist in Residence. I look forward to working not only with the voice students but also with students throughout the entire School of Music,” says Tamara. “A singer never does anything alone. Everything we do is a collaborative process. I can’t wait to delve into a world of collaborative creativity with the students.”