National Oratorio Competition

Sun May 26, 2024
11:00 am EDT
New York Room
Young Artist/Emerging Pro

General Information

Discovering the Drama of the Oratorio Aria

All too often oratorio arias are over-looked. For the student or the emerging professional, this repertoire can be a great asset to your career. In this class we will discuss how to bring out the inherent drama that the composer intended through text, text-painting, interpretation, and ornamentation.

*Oratorio arias only for this class, please.


Mary Wilson

In consistent demand on the concert stage, soprano MARY WILSON has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Detroit Symphony, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony of Costa Rica, Singapore Symphony, American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque, Boston Baroque, Portland Baroque, Music Sacra Festival de Quito Ecuador, Carmel Bach Festival, among many others, and at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.  presentation of promising classical soloists on the rise.

A National Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she has appeared with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Dayton Opera, Arizona Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera Southwest, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Goodman Theatre. 

Ms. Wilson is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park Oratorio Competition for young American singers specializing in oratorio repertoire.  She is on faculty and leads the Teaching Fellowship Program for the International Performing Arts Institute in Germany and is an Associate Professor of Voice and Vocal Area Coordinator at the University of Memphis.