Zachary Wilder, tenor
American tenor Zachary Wilder is recognised for his work in repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries and is sought after on both the concert and operatic stages on both sides of the Atlantic. Having studied at the Eastman School of Music and at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston, Zachary subsequently moved in Boston after the beginning of his collaboration with Boston Early Music Festival and a summer of studies as a Tanglewood Music Fellow.
2010 marked Zachary’s European debut as Renaud in Lully’s Armide on tour with Mercury Houston at the Théâtre de Gennevilliers. The following year brought him back to France to the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Coridon in Haendel’s Acis and Galatea which subsequently toured to la Fenice in Venice. Zachary relocated to France after he was chosen by William Christie in 2013 to take part in Les Arts Florissants’ prestigious academy for young singers, Le Jardin des Voix. He now works with leading ensembles including Les Arts Florissants, Bach Collegium Japan, Boston Early Music Festival, Cappella Mediterranea, Le Concert Spirituel, Collegium Vocale Gent, Ensemble Pygmalion, Handel & Haydn Society, The Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Le Poème Harmonique, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Les Talens Lyriques. Recent highlights include an international tour with Sir John Eliot Gardiner of Monteverdi's operas as Eurimaco in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Lucano in L’Incoronazione di Poppea (La Fenice in Venice, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Lucerne Festival, Berliner Festspiel, Wroclaw, Palau de la Musica, Paris Philharmonie, Lincoln Center, Chicago Harris Theater); Everardo in Zingarelli's Giulietta e Romeo (Schwetzingen Winter Festival); un Sylphe in Rameau’s Zaïs with Les Talens Lyriques (Festival de Beaune, Theater an der Wien, Opéra Royal de Versailles, and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam); Händel's Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; Alessandro in Mozart’s Il re pastore (Harvard); Zadok the Priest in Haendel’s Solomon (Hannover’s Galerie Herrenhausen), Mass in B minor and Magnificat with Bach Collegium Japan (National Auditorium in Dublin and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées), and the arias in the Johannespassion with Collegium Vocale Gent (Madrid, Bruges, Brussels, Barcelona, and Seville). Zachary’s discography comprises several recordings with Boston Early Music Festival, including their Grammy Award winning La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers as Tantalus. He can also be heard on Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau with Les Arts Florissants, Ballie Sonate: Monteverdi & Rossi with Ensemble Clematis, Bach's Magnificat with Arion Baroque, Zamponi’s Ulisse nell’isola di Circe as Mercurio with Leonardo Alarcon and Cappella Mediterranea, Félicien David’s Le Désert with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Lully's Persée 1770 as Euryale with Le Concert Spirituel, Stravaganza d'Amore with Ensemble Pygmalion, and Rameau’s Zaïs with Les Talens Lyriques. Upcoming releases include a disc of Clérambault and Rameau cantatas with les Bostonades and a solo recording of Venetian lute songs.
teresa wakim, soprano
Praised for her gorgeous, profoundly expressive instrument (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and possessing a voice of "extraordinary suppleness and beauty," (The New York Times), soprano Teresa Wakim has garnered wide acclaim performing and recording music from the Renaissance to the freshly-composed, and is perhaps best known as "a fine baroque stylist." (Miami Herald) She has performed as soloist under many of the world's renowned early music specialists, including Harry Christophers, Laurence Cummings, Ton Koopman, Nicolas McGegan, Martin Pearlman, Stephen Stubbs, and Jeannette Sorrell. She recently won First Prize in the International Soloist Competition for Early Music in Austria, and was named Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow by Emmanuel Music. Noted engagements include soloist in Mozart's Coronation Mass with the Handel & Haydn Society, Bach's Mass in B Minor and St. John Passion with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Bach's Wedding Cantata with The Cleveland Orchestra, Handel's Messiah with the Charlotte, Tucson, and San Antonio Symphonies, the role of Pamina in The Magic Flute with Apollo's Fire, and a title role in Handel's Acis and Galatea with the Boston Early Music Festival. Engagements in the 2013-14 season include debuts with the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Omaha Symphony, and Boston Baroque. Wakim can be heard as soloist on numerous recordings, including four Grammy-nominated albums with the Boston Early Music Festival and Seraphic Fire. "With a voice of lambent beauty," soprano Teresa Wakim enjoys a successful career as soloist in opera, oratorio, and chamber music. She has sung in many of the world's most renowned halls, including Severance Hall in Cleveland, Royal Albert Hall in London, Carnegie's Zankel Hall, and Boston's Symphony Hall, Sander's Theater, and Jordan Hall. She completed her undergraduate vocal studies with distinction at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying with Lorraine Manz, and pursued a master's degree at Boston University's College of Fine Arts in the studio of Penelope Bitzas, focusing on the performance of baroque vocal music with Martin Pearlman, Peter Sykes, and Joshua Rifkin. She has performed with the acclaimed ensembles of Boston Baroque, the Handel & Haydn Society, Emmanuel Music, the Boston Early Music Festival, Seraphic Fire, Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, Boston Secession, and Apollo's Fire. Her musical interests extend to smaller ensembles as well, including Exsultemus, Bourbon Baroque, La Donna Musicale, Amphion's Lyre, L'Académie, Les Bostonades, and Newton Baroque. Ms. Wakim is featured on two Grammy-nominated recordings of Lully operas with the Boston Early Music Festival for CPO, and recently sang a title role in their fall 2009 production in Handel's Acis & Galatea. Engagements for the 2009-2010 season include premiere performances of new works with the Boston Choral Ensemble and Coro Allegro, recording her role as Diane in Charpentier's Actéon with The Boston Early Music Festival in Germany, Bach's glorious cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen with the St. Alban's Bach Festival Orchestra in North Carolina, Handel's Messiah across southern Florida with Seraphic Fire, a solo appearance with the Handel & Haydn Society in their Zest for Love concert in February, and the role of Morgana in Handel's Alcina in Louisville with Bourbon Baroque.
sarah moyer, soprano
Known for her "purity and flawless range" (South Florida Classical Review), soprano Sarah Moyer was exclusively featured in the 2014 the Boston Globe Magazine for her work as a professional singing artist and deemed her “the kind of church singer who will rock your sacred-music world”. As a soloist, her recent repertoire includes the world premiere of Theofanidis' Four Levertov Settings with Seraphic Fire, American premieres of Nørgård's Nova Genitura and Seadrift with Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, Foss' The Prairie with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem; she also "beautifully executed" (Miami Herald) the world premiere of The Hope of Loving, by Jake Runestad with Seraphic Fire in the Fall of 2015, and was described as "perfect for Baroque works... one wants to hear more from this obviously gifted singer" (South Florida Classical Review) for her brief performance in Handel's My Heart is Inditing. A frequent interpreter of Bach, her most recent engagements include Wedding Cantata with Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble, Mass in B Minor, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, and Gott ist mein König (Ripieni) with Music at Marsh Chapel, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland with Gordon College, and Bach’s Magnificat with the Boston Masterworks Chorale. In 2011 she was a featured soloist in Bach’s Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, Es ist nichts gesundes an meinem Leibe, and Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (at the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Series) with New England Conservatory’s Carr Collegium. Ms. Moyer is simultaneously active as a vocal chamber music artist. Nationally she appears frequently with Skylark, GRAMMY® nominated Seraphic Fire, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, GRAMMY® nominated True Concord, Vox Humana TX, the Berwick Chorus at the Oregon Bach Festival. She is a founding member of Illumine, a trio devoted to the preservation of duets for soprano and trumpet. Locally, Moyer sings regularly with Boston’s various religious institutions such as Church of the Advent (Beacon Hill), Trinity Church (Copley Square), and Boston University’s Marsh Chapel where she is a former Choral Scholar, among others. She has also supported music education by presenting masterclasses and workshops with Skylark, and through performing with the Handel and Haydn Society Outreach Vocal Quartet from 2014-2016. She is a recipient of the 2015 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award. Not a stranger to pop and rock music, Ms. Moyer recently sang with the Rolling Stones on their “50 and Counting/Grr! Live” tour, and made her Symphony Hall debut with the Video Game Orchestra Live!. Moyer received her Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma State University (2009) where she studied with Anne-Marie Condacse and gained the bulk of her choral training under conductors Dirk Garner, Mark Lawlor, and Natasa Kaurin-Karaca. She completed a Master's degree in Vocal Performance at New England Conservatory (2011) in the studio of Carole Haber, with whom she still studies.