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Maestro Keri-Lynn Wilson's international career as a guest conductor spans over twenty years, leading some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras - such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks - and operas at the world’s top opera houses, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Bolshoi Theatre, and the Wiener Staatsoper. Focusing on Verdi, Puccini and Russian composers, Ms. Wilson’s work has been praised as “vividly shaped and nuanced” by The New York Times, and “elegantly incisive” by The Telegraph. 

 

Ms. Wilson’s 2019/20 season alternates between symphonic and operatic work, beginning at the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo, where she conducts a new production of Rigoletto. A gala concert with Mr. Calleja and Ms. Radvanovsky brings her to San Juan, followed by a symphonic concert featuring Liadov, Chopin and Rachmaninov in Gran Canaria. A frequent guest conductor at the Bolshoi Theatre, she returns once again this season to conduct Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and La Bohème. She also conducts La Bohème at the Latvian National Opera, before traveling to Sofia, where she leads the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in a symphonic concert with works by Brahms and Beethoven. At the Sofia Opera, she conducts Turandot. In March, she continues her work in Warsaw, Poland at the Polish National Opera, this time with Carmen. Maestro Wilson then makes a celebrated return to her alma mater, Juilliard, where she conducts a new production of La Bohème followed by Shepherd's Magiya and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1. Her season concludes with her debut at the Teatro Colon where she leads performances of Tosca.

 

Recent operatic career highlights include Carmen at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and La Traviata at the Wiener Staatsoper; La Traviata, Madama Butterfly and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Bayerische Staatsoper; Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and La Traviata at the Opernhaus Zürich; Don Carlo, Iolanta, Tosca, and La Bohème at the Bolshoi Theatre; La Fanciulla del West and Aida at the English National Opera; Rusalka at the Czech National Opera; Der fliegende Holländer, Eugene Onegin, Boris Godunov, and Carmen at the Polish National Opera; and Faust at the Washington National Opera. She was the first female conductor to lead an opera at: the Arena di Verona, where she conducted Tosca and Madama Butterfly; the New National Theatre (NNT) Tokyo, where she lead Madama Butterfly; and the Opera di Roma, where she conducted Aïda. 

 

On the concert stage, Maestro Wilson has led the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Wiener KammerOrchester, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Russian National Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic, the RAI Symphony Orchestra, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony the Orchestra national d'Ile de France, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Toronto Symphony, and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal among others. While her symphonic repertoire is varied, she specializes in Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Brahms and Beethoven. 

 

Ms. Wilson was raised in Winnipeg, Canada, where she studied flute, piano, and violin from an early age. While still a student at Juilliard, she assisted Claudio Abbado at the Salzburg Festival, and won a fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center. Upon graduating from Juilliard with a masters both in flute and conducting, she was named the Associate Conductor at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. 

 

 

 

Timeline

 

1967-1972

 

Early childhood in Winnipeg



1972-1985

 

Studies piano, flute, and violin

 

Joins Winnipeg Youth Orchestra

 

At age of 16 and 17, performs as flute soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic


Attends the Banff School of Music summer program



1985 -1990

Receives Bachelor and Master's degrees in flute from The Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Julius Baker


Wins Juilliard flute competition and performs as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center


Makes Carnegie Hall debut with solo flute recital in Weill Hall



1990-94

Receives Master's degree in conducting from Juilliard, studying with Otto-Werner Mueller


Wins conducting fellowship at Tanglewood Music Festival 


Receives the Bruno Walter fellowship award for summer studies


Assists Claudio Abbado at the Salzburg Festival


Makes conducting debut with the National Arts Center Orchestra of Ottawa



1994-98


Associate Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra



1998


Embarks on international conducting career

 

 

NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICAN SYMPHONIC ENGAGEMENTS

Los Angeles Philharmonic

San Francisco Symphony

Seattle Symphony

Ravinia Festival Orchestra

Houston Symphony

Saint Louis Symphony

Cincinnati Symphony

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

San Antonio Symphony

Denver Symphony 

Pheonix Symphony

Indianapolis Symphony

Utah Symphony

Buffalo Philharmonic

New Jersey Symphony

Puerto Rico Symphony

Honolulu Symphony

 

Toronto Symphony

Montreal Symphony

National Arts Center Orchestra

Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal

Quebec Symphony

Laval Symphony

Winnipeg Symphony

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra

Edmonton Symphony

Calgary Philharmonic

Vancouver Symphony

CBC Radio Orchestra of Vancouver

Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra



NORTH AMERICAN OPERA ENGAGEMENTS

 

Los Angeles OperaLa Rondine

Washington OperaTurandot

Canadian Opera CompanyTosca

Montreal OperaLa Fanciulla del West, Simon Boccanegra, The Flying Dutchman, Otello
Juilliard OperaFalstaff, Gianni Schicci / L'Heure Espanole,

Les Mamelles de Tiresias / Der Kaiser Von Atlantis

 

 

EUROPEAN OPERA ENGAGEMENTS

Royal Opera House, London- Carmen

Bavarian State Opera- La Traviata, Tosca, Madame Butterfly 
Leipzig Opera- Madame Butterfly 

NDR Televised Open Air Opera- La Boheme, La Traviata, Rigoletto 
Audi 
Summer Festival, Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra- Romeo and Juliette
Schleswig Holstein
Festival, NDR Hannover OrchestraTurandot
Erfurt Opera- Lucia di Lammermoor

Vienna State Opera- Tosca, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata
L'Arena di Verona- Tosca, Madame Butterfly, La Vedova Allegra 
Puccini Festival- Madame Butterfly, La Boheme, Turandot, Tosca 

Taormina Festival- Cavalleria Rusticana 
Rome Opera- Aida

Parma Opera- Rigoletto 
Palermo Opera- Rigoletto, Don Pasquale, La Fille du Regiment 
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino- Il Barbiere di Siviglia 
Torino Opera- Lucia di Lammermoor 
Trieste Opera- La Cenerentola 
Bari Opera- Otello, Werther, L'Elisir d'Amore 
Fondazione Toscanini, Teatro Verdi, Bussetto- Rigoletto 
Ancona Opera- Lucia di Lammermoor 
Valencia Opera- L'Elisir d'Amore
Bilbao OperaLa Boheme, Don Giovanni, Anna Bolena, La Traviata 
Sinfonia Galicia, La Coruna- Nabucco, Attila, Il Trovatore 
Zurich Opera- Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, La Traviata 
English National Opera- La Fanciulla del West, Aida
Opera de Nice- Otello
Norwegian Opera- Tosca
Royal Swedish Opera- Pique Dame, Il Ballo in Maschera 
Mariinsky Theater- Madame Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, Hansel and Gretel, La Traviata
Bolshoi Opera- Don Carlo, Iolanta, Tosca, La Boheme
National Opera of Ukraine- Manon Lescaut, Turandot 
Astana Opera- Aida, La Traviata 
Polish National Opera- Boris Godunov, Eugene Onegin, The Flying Dutchman, Lucia di Lammermoor
Bucharest National Opera- Eugene Onegin, Manon Lescaut, Tosca 

Cluj Napoca Opera- Tannhauser, The Flying Dutchman 
Iasi Opera- Don Giovanni



EUROPEAN SYMPHONIC ENGAGEMENTS

NDR Hannover Orchestra
Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra
Aachen Symphony 
Dusseldorf Symphony 
Hessischer State Opera Orchestra 
Hof Symphony

Russian National Orchestra
Latvian National Orchestra
Lithuanian National Orchestra
Hungarian National Orchestra
Prague Philharmonic
Slovakian Philharmonic
Slovenian Philharmonic (Music Director 2013-2015)
Zagreb Philharmonic 
National Orchestra of Ukraine
RAI Symphony Orchestra 
Sicilian Symphony Orchestra
Cagliari Opera Orchestra 
Catania Opera Orchestra 
Madrid Opera Orchestra 
Oviedo Symphony 
Seville Symphony 
L'Orchestre de L'Ile de France
Flemish Radio Orchestra 
Athens Camerata
Iceland Symphony 
Timisoara Philharmonic 


 

ASIA

New National Opera of Tokyo- Madame Butterfly 
Hong Kong Philharmonic 
China National Symphony 
Taiwan Symphony

AUSTRALIA

 

Opera Australia- Così Fan Tutte



MIDDLE EAST

Israel OperaBoris Godunov, Pique Dame, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, La Boheme 
Jerusalem Symphony 
Royal Opera of Muscat- La Fille du Regiment, Palermo Opera 
Gala Concerts- Anna Netrebko and Prague Philharmonic, Diana Damrau and the Palermo Opera Orchestra