Reviews and Press
"The cast was universally excellent, vocally and theatrically. As Hoffmann, Todd Wilander employed his light, affable and pliable tenor beautifully and was affectingly pathetic and sympathetic simultaneously. His acting was superb with vocal color reflecting each experience."
Hoffmann LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN – Opera North (USA) – Rutland Herald
"Todd Wilander makes for a fantastic lead, primarily because his tenor shoots to the balcony of the theater with masterful control and timbre. His is a rich, mellifluous sound that also combines exquisitely in a trio with Anchel (Sarastro) and McGill (Pamina). With strong leads, a very solid trio of ladies and a stirring brotherhood chorus, this Magic Flute plays the right notes."
Tamino DIE ZAUBERFLOTE – Saint Petersburg Opera (Florida) – Tampa Bay Times
"Dynamic tenor Todd Wilander sang the role of Edgardo, Lucia’s love interest, with clear control over the role. A veteran of the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Wilander could easily hold his own vocally against the full orchestra, telling the story well and providing the strong vocal lead. His vocal strength was most apparent in the closing of Act III, in which he dramatically and powerfully carried the scene almost single-handedly."
Edgardo LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR – Bohème Opera NJ – New Jersey/Princeton Times
"The gifted and committed cast included the dynamic tenor Todd Wilander as Rita’s gruff, take-charge husband, excellently sung with vocal prowess, strength, power and conviction."
Charles Clayton in Stephen Schwartz’s SÉANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON – New York City Opera – New York Times (Tommassini)
"As her brother Sam, the thoroughbred American tenor Todd Wilander was powerful in both voice and presence, presenting a lyrical and vocally touching performance."
Sam SUSANNAH – English Touring Opera – Opera Today
"The cast is an excellent one, with Todd Wilander as her alcoholic brother Sam, squeezing some unexpected sympathy from a fundamentally repellent character, singing with clarity and beauty.”
Sam SUSANNAH – English Touring Opera – The Guardian
“As Sam, Todd Wilander was the genuine article, not holding back, a thoroughbred American – and it showed.”
Sam SUSANNAH – English Touring Opera – The Independent
“In the ardent role of Leicester, Wilander produces a ringing, lyrical sound, full of depth and nuance. He acted superbly, fully convincing me of his character’s thoughts and actions.”
Leicester MARIA STUARDA – Chelsea Opera Group, London – Music OMH
“Todd Wilander, in the cruelly high role of Renaud, sings with winning vigor and conviction”
Renaud - ARMIDE - Buxton Festival - The Times (London)
“Todd Wilander delivered a brave, vocally assured portrayal of the hot-headed hijacker Molqi.”
Molqi DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER – Brooklyn Academy of Music – The New York Times
“To the role of Frère Massée, Todd Wilander made a strong impression as the tenor lead, bringing all the flexibility of his eloquent high tenor voice, which carried the serenity of the production with him.”
Frère Massée SAINT FRANÇOIS D’ASSISE – Deutsche Oper, Berlin – Berliner Morgenpost
“The American tenor Todd Wilander is a sweet & touching Tonio, singing the aria of the nine C’s perfectly, with passion and conviction. A powerful posture with eloquent phrasing, his lovely tenor filled the cantabile parts warmly. Opera Zuid has a huge talent with him.”
Tonio LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT – Opera Zuid – The Telegraph, Netherlands
“The American tenor Todd Wilander is great in the difficult role of Tonio. Euphorically he sang with control and beauty through the aria ‘Pour mon ame’ with the octave jumps of the 9 high C’s even while he cruelly is directed to change his uniform during the aria.”
Tonio LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT – Opera Zuid – Opera Netherlands
“Todd Wilander makes a strong impression as the dashing tenor lead, Roberto Devereux, singing with ardent passion, heroic quality and negotiating Essex’s painfully high-flying role with plangent lyricism.”
Roberto Devereux ROBERTO DEVEREUX – Buxton Festival, England – The Independent
“Todd Wilander, a lyric tenor with a bright future, brought his beautiful, pleasing sound and nimble technique to arias by Donizetti, including ‘Spirto Gentil’ and ‘Ah! Mes Amis’ from La Fille du Régiment, with its famous string of 9 high C’s. His bright-as-a-bell voice made the aria sound low, as the high notes were so easily produced, filling the entire Metropolitan Opera house.”
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, National Grand Finals – The New York Times
“Debuting was a wonderful tenor, Todd Wilander, to the Metropolitan Opera’s roster list. He did quite well, the sweet ringing voice projecting fine in the house. He made Arturo into a ‘lead’ in that you could hear a bright future that will go far for him.”
Arturo LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR - Metropolitan Opera - Opera-L
“Wilander’s sweet lyric tenor brought out Rodolpho’s earnest, musical heart, performing with style and verve.”
Rodolpho VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE – Portland Opera – Opera News
“Todd Wilander proved a remarkably tender Lysander. The amber cast of his lyric tenor sound and the elegance of his declamation as Lysander evoked memories of Peter Pears.”
Lysander A MIDUSMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Lyric Opera of Kansas City – Opera News
“The tenor Todd Wilander’s Eduardo dealt ably with the conflicting demands of the role; more robust and lyrical and typical of later Verdi in the first act, but lighter and more Rossini-like in the second.”
Eduardo UN GIORNO DI REGNO - Opera Della Luna - Opera Magazine
“Todd Wilander, Eurimaco, sang with a lovely, controlled and clear tenor sound throughout.”
Eurimaco - Il Ritorno di Ulsse - Glimmerglass Opera - The Syracuse Newspaper
"Todd Wilander, as the prince Don Ramiro, carried a large part of the second half and, fortunately, was up to the task. First angelic, soft and controlled, his voice crescendoed effortlessly to a strong and rich climax. Rossini composed to showcase the voice's versatility, and Wilander handled every aria and run he put before him. He seemed to relish the role of a love-stricken prince. Blaze and Wilander were charming together as Cinderella and her prince."
Don Ramiro LA CENERENTOLA - Nevada Opera - Reno Gazette-Journal
"... a musically and visually stunning performance, by a strong cast, including an admirable performance by Todd Wilander as the hot-headed Molqi."
Molqi DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER – Brooklyn Academy of Music – Chicago Tribune (John von Rhein)
"Todd Wilander's excellent tenor was clear and rich, offering up a number of memorable moments. Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum were the only ones onstage with a real sense of vocalism and excitement."
Nanki-Poo THE MIKADO - Lyric Opera of Kansas City - Opera News
"Todd Wilander’s delicious tenor made the lashing Deposuit potentes a pleasing moment and a highlight of the evening."
Bach’s MAGNIFICAT - Kansas City Chamber Orchestra - Kansas City Star
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