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Neil Wilson (Baritone)

Born: November 5, 1929 - Tucumcari, New Mexico, USA

The American baritone, Neil Wilson, was born in Tucumcari, New Mexico - a town half way between Albuquerque, New Mexico and Amarillo, Texas. He graduated with a B.F.A. in Music from University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1952. Following two years active duty with the U.S. Navy, returned to complete his Masterís degree in vocal performance in 1955, studying voice with Jane Snow and Bess Curry Redmond. Subsequently, he earned a Ph.D. at Indiana University, where he studied with Dorothea Manski and Paul Matthen.

Neil Wilson has sung to critical acclaim throughout the USA and Germany during a wide-ranging career as teacher and singer. He has been a soloist at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and with the Seattle, Denver, Oregon, Richmond, San Antonio, Spokane (numerous appearances, including presentations of George Frideric Handel's Messiah, Gustav Mahler's Eight Symphony and L.v. Beethoven's Missa Solemnis), Eugene, Annapolis, and Rochester symphonies, as well as with the Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene Concert Choir, Cascade Music Festival, Grand Teton Festival, Peter Britt Festival, Alaska Music Festival, and the Richmond Big Gig. He was a recording artist with South German Radio in Stuttgart and soloist in recital and oratorio performances in Cologne, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Detmold, and Oldenburg as well as Lyon and St. Etienne, France.

Neil Wilson has sung leading and supporting roles in more than forty opera and musical theatre productions with Portland Opera Association, Opera Southwest, Opera Roanoke, Eugene Opera, and Oregon Repertory Theater. He was soloist in performances of Carl Orffís Carmina Burana with Atlanta Ballet and Richmond Ballet and performed G. Mahlerís Kindertotenlieder with Pacific Northwest Ballet in the Seattle Opera House. He is also remembered for his role of Captain in The Sound of Music.

Neil Wilsonís academic career spanned over forty years. He was member of the faculty of Eastern Oregon University, the University of Oregon, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and finally Virginia Commonwealth University, where he retired as emeritus professor in 1996. He also served twice as Director of the University of Oregon's German Music Center in Oldenburg and Heutingsheim, Germany.

Neil Wilson and his wife moved to Oregon in 2004 to be near family. He continues to be an active baritone and bass-baritone soloist. In fall 2006 he sang the bass solos in Haydnís The Seasons and G.F. Handelís Messiah with two choral organizations in Las Vegas, NV and Menottiís Amahl and the Night Visitors in Eugene, Oregon, and the baritone solos in Carmina Burana with the Peoria Symphony. While he no longer teaches voice lessons, he occasionally gives master-classes at colleges and universities in the Northwest.

Neil Wilson as a young man [01]

Neil Wilson, 1980 [03]

Neil Wilson, c2006 [02]

Performances at Oregon Bach Festival

Source: The Spokesman-Review (April 12, 1981); University of Oregon Website (February 2004); UNM Music News (Fall 2006); The Artist (January-February 2011)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2010); Neil Wilson (January-February 2011)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Helmuth Rilling


BWV 82 [1st], BWV 110 [1st], BWV 150 [1st], BWV 244 [1st]



BWV 203

Links to other Sites

The Spokesman-Review - Apr 12, 1981

040227_Carmina_Burana - University Of Oregon [PDF]
UNM Music News - Fall 2006

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