|Soprano, Erin Wood, is one of the most exciting, talented young artists to emerge during the past few seasons. Her recent portrayals of Verdi and Wagner heroines have received praise for her "soaring soprano", "immense voice full of grit at the bottom and transcendent radiance at the top", and "volcanic outpouring of sound that was thrilling to behold".
Ms. Wood has replaced Deborah Voigt on short notice, both as Sieglinde in Wagner's Die Walkuere with Lyric Opera of Chicago and as Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera with San Francisco Opera. With Lyric, Ms. Wood has also been seen as Lisa in The Queen of Spades, Gutrune and the Third Norn in Goetterdaemmerung, Ortlinde in Die Walküre, and supporting roles in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Street Scene, Susannah and Macbeth. She was a featured artist in Lyric's first-ever free concert at Grant Park, where she sang Mascagni's "Easter Hymn" for 20,000 people under the baton of Bruno Bartoletti.
She has been featured with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Opera Colorado, Opera Grand Rapids, Toledo Opera, Music Academy of the West, the Angeles Chorale, the Grant Park and Ravinia Music Festivals, as well as the Milwaukee, Pacific and Lake Forest Symphonies. Ms. Wood has been seen in recital in Chicago for the Dame Myra Hess Foundation, in New York for the Marilyn Horne Foundation, and in Los Angeles for El Camino Center for the Arts. Recent engagements include Verdi Requiem with the London Symphony Chorus, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera for both San Francisco Opera and Opera Colorado, Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Pacific Symphony, Die Zauberfloete, Susannah and the Opera Ball 25th Anniversary Celebration for Opera Pacific, and her first "Liebestod" for Toledo Opera.
Ms. Wood is an alumna of the prestigious Lyric Opera Center for American Artists. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from UCLA, where she has almost completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Before becoming a soprano she sang mezzo leads in many UCLA Opera productions; her professional debut was as Mary in Der fliegende Hollaender with Opera Pacific.
Awards include the George London Foundation's Kirsten Flagstad Award, and awards from the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation, Chicago's Musician's Club of Women, Met National Council Central and Western Regions, Palm Springs Opera Guild, and the Lee Schaenen and Liberace Foundations. Erin grew up in Southern California where she now lives with her husband Keith and son Elliott.
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