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Praised by Opera News for his “clear and sweet lyrical tone” and “brave, vocally assured portrayals” (New York Times), Todd Wilander is one of America’s most sought-after leading tenors. Since winning The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, he has appeared with the company as Arturo LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (James Levine), Almaviva IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Beppe I PAGLIACCI and Harry LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST, plus roles in WOZZECK, TWO BOYS, THE NOSE (HD Movie), HAMLET, GAMBLER, MACBETH and FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD. He appeared with New York City Opera as Charles Clayton in Stephen Schwartz’s SÉANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON, Uberto LA DONNA DEL LAGO and Harry LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST. For New York Opera Society he sang Rodolfo LA BOHÈME and Nemorino L’ELISIR D’AMORE.
Recent performances include Rodolfo LA BOHÈME with Opera Tampa and for Opera Long Island, New York, Radamès AIDA at Bohème Opera New Jersey, Riccardo UN BALLO IN MASCHERA for Amore Opera in New York, Erik DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER for Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, China, and the title role of Hoffmann in LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN with Opera North (USA).
Elsewhere in the U.S.A., he has appeared with Portland Opera as Rodolpho VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, Captain Leadbetter PRINCESS SOFIA for Orpheus Project Juneau Alaska, Brooklyn Academy of Music as Molqi DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, Pollione NORMA for Pacific Opera Northwest Washington, Don José CARMEN for Central Florida Lyric Opera, Calaf TURANDOT at Mississippi Opera, with Opera Memphis and Bohème Opera New Jersey as Edgardo LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, the title-role of TITO for West Bay Opera, Center for Contemporary Opera as Andrew A DEATH IN THE FAMILY and as Dimmesdale HESTER. Other companies with whom he has appeared include Madison Opera as Rodolfo LA BOHÈME, Santa Fe Opera as Young Servant ELECTRA, Tamino DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE for St. Petersburg Opera Florida, Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Lysander A MIDUSMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Nanki-Poo MIKADO and as Fairfax YEOMAN OF THE GUARD, Opera Saskatchewan (Canada) as Don Ramiro LA CENERENTOLA, Chatauqua Opera as Fenton FALSTAFF, Grant Park Music Festival Chicago as the title role of CANDIDE, Nevada Opera as Don Ottavio DON GIOVANNI, Opera Orchestra of New York as Wilhelm Meister MIGNON, Opera Delaware as Macduff MACBETH and Rinuccio GIANNI SCHICCHI, Opera in the Ozarks as the title role of ALBERT HERRING, Glimmerglass Opera as Eurimaco IL RITORNO D’ULISSE, Coach BOUNCE with Manhattan’s ADA Arts, the title role in SAMSON ET DALILA and Turridu CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA with Verdi Opera Chorus of LA, and Camille MERRY WIDOW and Tamino DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE for Opera Fairbanks, Alaska.
Upcoming engagements include Faust LA DAMNATION DE FAUST (Berlioz) with Theater Erfurt (Germany), and Beethoven 9th Symphony with York Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania and with Fairbanks Symphony, Alaska.
European engagements include Philip AGNES VON HOHENSTAUFEN with Theater Erfurt (Germany), Sam SUSANNAH for Opera Bilbao (Spain), Tonio LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT for Opera Zuid, (Netherlands), Nadir LES PÊCHEURS D’PERLES at Dublin Opera Festival (Ireland), Duke RIGOLETTO in Kazan (Russia), Belmonte DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL and Italian Singer DER ROSENKAVALIER for Landestheater Linz (Austria), Nanki-Poo MIKADO at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia (Italy), Edmondo MANON LESCAUT for Opera Holland Park (London), Leicester MARIA STUARDA for Opera North (UK) and Chelsea Opera Group (London), Sam SUSANNAH and Percy ANNA BOLENA for English Touring Opera (London), Ferrando COSÌ FAN TUTTE for Mid-Wales Opera, Alfredo LA TRAVIATA for Longborough Festival (UK), the title-role ROBERTO DEVEREUX and Renaud in Gluck’s ARMIDE for Buxton Opera Festival (UK), and Edoardo in UN GIORNO DI REGNO for Opera della Luna (UK).
He has appeared as the title-role of FAUST and Ernesto DON PASQUALE in New Zealand Opera, Italian Singer DER ROSENKAVALIER for New Israeli Opera, Edgardo LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and Duke RIGOLETTO for Musica Viva (Hong Kong), and as Belmonte DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL for Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires). As a member of the ensemble at Deutsche Oper Berlin, he performed Frère Massée SAINT FRANÇOIS D’ASSISE, Arturo LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, Vierte Knappe PARSIFAL, Junger Mann MOSES UND ARON and First Armored Man DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE.
At San Francisco Opera, Mr. Wilander has appeared as Belmonte DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, Frère Massée SAINT FRANÇOIS D’ASSISE, Kudrjasch KÁT’A KABANOVÁ, Tamino DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, and Thaddeus Stevens THE MOTHER OF US ALL.
Mr. Wilander has appeared with many orchestras, including New York Philharmonic, National Chorale of New York, New York Choral Society, BBC Radio Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Music Center Orchestra, Hamburg NDR Philharmonic Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and Haifa Symphony Orchestra in solo repertoire that includes Verdi Requiem, Mahler Das Lied von der Erde, Handel Messiah, Haydn Creation, Mozart Requiem and Coronation Mass, Bach Magnificat, Beethoven Missa Solemnis and 9th Symphony, Berlioz Requiem, Puccini Messa di Gloria, Vaughan Williams Hodie and On Wenlock Edge, Rossini Stabat Mater, Britten Serenade and War Requeim and Mendelssohn Elijah. Mr. Wilander has been a winner of many prestigious competitions, including The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Belvedere Competition, Licia Albanese/Puccini Foundation, American Berlin Opera Foundation, Oratorio Society of NY, Enrico Caruso/Altamura Competition and Loren L. Zachary Society Competition. He was a finalist in the Richard Tucker Foundation and the Houston Grand Opera Competition.
Originally from Arcadia, California, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Business at California State University, Los Angeles; received a Masters of Music in opera performance and literature from Northwestern University (title-roles of SERSE, title role of HOFFMANN, Nero POPPEA); and an Artist Diploma at the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music (Alfredo LA TRAVIATA).