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Zachary Wilder (Tenor)

Born: Los Angeles, California, USA

The American tenor, Zachary Wilderm studied at Hamilton High School Academy of Music in Los Angeles, California (Class of 2002). He obtained his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York (2006); and his Master of Music degree in Music Performance from the Moores School of Music, University of Houston (2008). He subsequently moved in Boston after the beginning of his collaboration with Boston Early Music Festival and a summer of studies as a Tanglewood Music Fellow.

Zachary Wilder is recognised for his work in repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries and is sought after on both the concert and operatic stages on both sides of the Atlantic. 2010 marked his European debut as Renaud in Lullyís Armide on tour with Mercury Houston at the Théâtre de Gennevilliers. The following year brought him back to France to the Festival díAix-en-Provence as Coridon in George Frideric Handelís Acis and Galatea which subsequently toured to la Fenice in Venice. he relocated to France after he was chosen by William Christie in 2013 to take part in Les Arts Florissantsí prestigious academy for young singers, Le Jardin des Voix. He now works with leading ensembles including Les Arts Florissants, Bach Collegium Japan (Director: Masaaki Suzuki), Boston Early Music Festival, Cappella Mediterranea (Director: Leonardo García-Alarcón), Le Concert Spirituel, Collegium Vocale Gent (Director: Philippe Herreweghe), Ensemble Pygmalion (Director: Raphaël Pichon), Handel and Haydn Society, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Le Poème Harmonique, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Les Talens Lyriques (Director: Christophe Rousset).

Recent projects include Trasimede in the modern premiere of Cavalliís Oristeo in Marseille; un Sylphe in Rameauís Zaïs with Les Talens Lyriques (Festival de Beaune, Theater an der Wien, Opéra Royal de Versailles, and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam); Monteverdiís Trilogy project at the Boston Early Music Festival as Telemaco in Il ritorno díUlisse in patria and Lucano in LíIncoronazione di Poppea, Alessandro in W.A. Mozartís Il re pastore (Boston); Zadok the Priest in G.F. Handel's Solomon (Hannoverís Galerie Herrenhausen), Haydnís Die Sieben Letzten Wörte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris), J.S. Bachís Mass in B minor (BWV 232) and Magnificat (BWV 243) with Bach Collegium Japan (National Auditorium in Dublin and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées), and the arias in the Johannespassion with Collegium Vocale Gent (Madrid, Bruges, Brussels, Barcelona, and Seville).

Season highlights for 2016-2017 will see , Zachary Wilderm on tour in France with Raphaël Pichon and Ensemble Pygmalion, Everardo in a staged production of Zingarelliís Giulietta e Romeo with the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, G.F. Handelís Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Second Shepherd in a tour of Monteverdiís Orfeo with Les Arts Florissants, Eurimaco in Monteverdiís Il ritorno díUlisse in patria and Lucano in LíIncoronazione di Poppea on tour with John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, marking the 450th anniversary of the composer's birth. Venues include Veniceís La Fenice, Festival de Royaumont, Musikverein in Vienna, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Davies Hall in San Francisco, the Philharmonie de Paris, Barcelonaís Palau de la Musica, Grand Théâtre díAix-en-Provence, the Lucerne Festival, and Schwetzingenís Rokokotheater.

Zachary Wilder's discography comprises several recordings with Boston Early Music Festival, including their Grammy Award winning La Descente díOrphée aux Enfers as Tantalus. He can also be heard on Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau with Les Arts Florissants, Zamponiís Ulisse nellíisola di Circe as Mercurio with Leonardo García-Alarcón and Cappella Mediterranea, Félicien Davidís Le Désert with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, and Rameauís Zaïs with Les Talens Lyriques. 2017 will see the release of new recordings of J.S. Bach, Monteverdi, Cavalli, Clérambault and Lully.

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Source: Zachary Wilder Website & Facebook profile; Photos 01-02: Shannon Langman Photography; Photo 03-05: Orpheus Photography
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2016)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




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BWV 201

Alexander Weimann


BWV 243

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