In Memoriam:
Erin Wall

Erin Wall

Acclaimed for her musicality and versatility, Erin Wall sang an extensive opera and concert repertoire spanning three centuries, from Mozart and Beethoven to Britten and Strauss. She sang leading roles in many of the world’s great opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Vienna Staatsoper, Opéra National de Paris, and Lyric Opera of Chicago, and appeared in concert with leading maestri and symphony orchestras worldwide.

Last season, Erin Wall performed and recorded commercially two of her most noted opera roles: first Thaïs with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis, then Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward Gardner.  In concert she performed the Four Last Songs in Sydney and Jackson, MS, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Atlanta Symphony and Robert Spano and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.  

Her previous season included two role debuts: first Elettra in Idomeneo for her return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago and later Chrysothemis in Elektra at the Canadian Opera Company.  She was also heard as Marguerite in Faust with the Washington National Opera and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro in concert with the National Arts Centre.  Notable concert appearances included the Four Last Songs with the Chicago Symphony and Edward Gardner, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Franz Welser-Möst as well as at the Pacific Music Festival and at the Berlin Konzerthaus with Christoph Eschenbach, the War Requiem with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Peter Oundjian at the BBC Proms and a European tour with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.  Erin Wall also performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Vancouver Symphony and with the World Orchestra for Peace in Künzelsau.  Finally, she returned to the Edinburgh Festival as the Third Norn in Götterdämmerung with Sir Andrew Davis.  In recital, Erin Wall partnered with Carolyn Maule for an appearance at the Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival.   

Ms. Wall’s 2017-2018 season included performances in the title role of Arabella with the Canadian Opera Company and Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes with the Vancouver Symphony. In concert she sang Brahms’s A German Requiem with the Toronto Symphony, Zosha di Castri’s Dear Life with the National Arts Centre on tour in Calgary and Vancouver, Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 with the Calgary Philharmonic, Verdi’s Requiem with the Atlanta Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Liceu Orchestra on tour in Geneva, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and Montreal Symphony, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Vancouver Symphony. 

Operatic highlights from Ms. Wall’s 2016-2017 season include performances of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni for her company debut with San Francisco Opera, Anna Sørensen in Silent Night with Michigan Opera Theatre and her role debut as Desdemona in Otello with Vancouver Opera. On the concert stage, Ms. Wall was heard in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the title role in Vanessa with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the San Diego Symphony and Colorado Symphony, Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the BBC Scottish Symphony,  at the Edinburgh International Festival in two leading roles, and in the title role in Thaïs with the Melbourne Symphony. 

Ms. Wall’s 2015-2016 season began with the world premiere of Zosha di Castri’s Dear Life along with a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada. Later in the season she sang Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and Symphony No. 8 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Other concert appearances included Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony and Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Carmina Burana with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Wall’s operatic appearances included performances of the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Canadian Opera Company and the title role in Barber’s Vanessa at the Santa Fe Opera.  She also appeared in recital with the George London Foundation at New York City’s Morgan Library.

Ms. Wall’s 2014-2015 season included several performances of her signature role, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, which she reprised at the Bayerische Staatsoper and debuted at Seattle Opera. She also made her Lyric Opera Kansas City debut as Anna Sørensen in Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer-winning opera Silent Night. She sang Clémence in Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin in concert performances in Trondheim, Norway, and in a new Robert LePage production with L’Opéra de Québec. She debuted with the Tonhalle Zurich, the Bayerische Rundfunk, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony and the Tokyo Symphony. Her extensive concert schedule saw her return to the London Symphony, Tanglewood/BSO, Philadelphia, Melbourne Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, and the Grant Park Music Festival.

Other highlights include the title role in Arabella and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, both at the Metropolitan Opera, and Elgar’s oratorio The Kingdom at the BBC First Night of the Proms at Royal Albert Hall. Ms Wall’s recording of Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with the Melbourne Symphony and Sir Andrew Davis was released in 2014 to tremendous acclaim, and was followed by tour performances with the MSO in the Concergebouw and at the Edinburgh Festival. She also performed Vier Letzte Lieder with the CBSO, conducted by Nelsons.  Other notable debuts included the Wiener Philharmoniker and Christian Thielemann, Clémence in L’amour de loin with the Canadian Opera Company, the title role in Thaïs at the Edinburgh Festival, and the title role in Arabella at Santa Fe Opera. Ms. Wall sang her first Verdi Requiem, followed by Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and 9th Symphony with Haitink conducting, and toured Europe singing Britten’s War Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony and Andris Nelsons conducting. In recent seasons, Ms. Wall has sung the 2nd, 4th, and 8th symphonies of Mahler on 5 continents in over 20 performances.

Mahler’s 8th Symphony figured prominently in Ms. Wall’s concert career, and her discography includes the 2010 GRAMMY® award-winning recording of this work for Best Classical Album, released by the San Francisco Symphony in 2009 and conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, and the Deutsche Grammophon recording released in 2007 conducted by Pierre Boulez. Other recordings include the San Francisco Symphony’s recording of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas; Virgin Classics DVD of Mozart’s Così fan tutte recorded live at the Aix-en-Provence festival in 2005, directed by Patrice Chéreau and conducted by Daniel Harding; Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal with Kent Nagano conducting Beethoven’s 9th Symphony for the grand opening of La Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts, available on Sony Classical/Analekta; and the ArtHaus DVD of Britten’s War Requiem, filmed and recorded live at the 50th anniversary performance of the work’s premiere, with the City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons.

Ms. Wall began her professional career in 2001 as a member of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and had since appeared with Lyric Opera as Marguerite in Faust, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Konstanze in Die Entführung auf dem Serail and Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. In subsequent seasons, Ms. Wall debuted in leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Vienna Staatsoper, L’Opéra National de Paris, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Theâtre du Châtelet, Theater an der Wien, Den Norske Oper, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Minnesota Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Arizona Opera, and Atlanta Opera.

Ms. Wall appeared in concert with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony (in San Francisco, Luxembourg, Lucerne, and at Carnegie Hall), Philadelphia Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Oregon Symphony in the USA. In her native Canada she sang with the National Arts Center Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Métropolitain, Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and Edmonton Symphony. Overseas she sang with the Staatskapelle Berlin, the London Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre de Paris, Hessische Rundfunk, Tonhalle Orchestra, Trondheim Symphonie, the Residentie Orkest and Limburgs Symfonie Orkest (Netherlands); the NHK Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, and New Japan Philharmonic (Tokyo); the Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies in Australia; and the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro. In addition, she appeared regularly at summer music festivals including Ravinia (Chicago), Grant Park (Chicago), Tanglewood (Massachusetts), Blossom (Cleveland), Lanaudière (Montréal), Mostly Mozart (New York City), and Campos do Jordao (Brazil).

Ms. Wall was very grateful to have received awards and scholarship assistance from the Richard Tucker Foundation, the George London Foundation, the Marilyn Horne Foundation, the Florida Opera and Dallas Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She studied at Western Washington University, Rice University, Aspen Music Festival, and Music Academy of the West.