"Taylor Wilson's Lady Brannoch is all hauteur and thrilling low notes" The Guardian. "...the tangy mezzo, Taylor Wilson, was chic and vainglorious as Masetto's aristocratic patron" Opera Magazine “Something really magical happens when a piece of music finds a performer whose talent matches it to perfection. Aberdeen born composer John McLeod wrote his new song cycle Furchtbare Märchen (Fearful Tales) with mezzo soprano Taylor Wilson especially in mind. Not only does Ms Wilson have a wonderfully creamy mezzo voice with a remarkably rich and mellifluous lower register, her ability to project drama, emotion and atmosphere are surely unsurpassable” Herald
Taylor Wilson, mezzo soprano, studied voice at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, opera studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and read modern languages at Strathclyde University (French, German, Italian). Opera roles include Bradamante(Handel’s Alcina), Mother(Noyes Fludde), Orfeo(Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice), Cherubino(Mozart’s le Nozze di Figaro), Noble Orphan(Strauss’s Rosenkavalier) and Bird Seller(Massenet’s Manon) with Scottish Opera, Carmen(Bizet’s Carmen), Flora(Verdi's La Traviata), Siebel(Gounod’s Faust).
Taylor performs regularly in both recital and oratorio - solo engagements include a Dutch radio performance in Hertogenbosch, Holland, recitals in Schloss Munchenwiler, Switzerland, Los Angeles, Denmark and Hong Kong, Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn in Wiesbaden, Mozart’s Requiem in Ireland and Körpper’s Schöpfer Geist in Hannover.
Taylor has enjoyed much success as chanteuse in her one-woman show and is a champion of contemporary music, which is often written especially for her. She recently worked with James Macmillan on his piece Raising Sparks, for mezzo-soprano and ensemble. Taylor created one of three solo roles in a modern chamber opera, Flightpaths, for the Cultural Olympiad and in summer last year she created the role of Lady Brannoch, in Tim Benjamin's new opera, Madame X, to critical acclaim. She has recently returned from London, having performed the title role in 'the Life of Marlene Dietrich' and is looking forward to commencing rehearsals in June, for a one-woman opera, Silent Jack, written especially for her. It will premiere at RNCM in Manchester on 1st July, tour northern England and then to the tete a tete festival in London on 21st and 22nd July. For details, see Taylor's website.
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