Wall displayed a wide vocal compass, agile coloratura technique and lyrical poise in the killer role of Konstanze, conveying the heroine's implacable resolve in a fearless and stunning "Martern aller Arten"
- John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
Revivals are rare, largely because of the immense difficulties, vocal and dramatic, of the title role. They were more than met, however, in this concert performance by Canadian soprano Erin Wall. Her glamour is magnetic: you understand why, at the start, men are prepared to bankrupt themselves for Thaïs. More important, however, is the extraordinary ease and sumptuousness of her tone, and a hovering, ecstatic quality in her singing that makes her so convincing as both sexual icon and saint...Ultimately, though, this was Wall's night. I hesitate to write "a star is born" after a single hearing, but she will unquestionably become one if she carries on like this.
- Tim Ashley, The Guardian
Soprano Erin Wall is one of today’s most versatile sopranos with an extensive opera and concert repertoire that spans three centuries from Mozart and Beethoven to Britten and Strauss. She has sung 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 appears in concert with leading symphony orchestras worldwide.
This season she will return to the Metropolitan Opera to sing Helena in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream and the title role in Arabella, and return to Vancouver Opera as Donna Anna in a new production of Don Giovanni. She will return to the Toronto Symphony for Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder (Sir Andrew Davis), make her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic singing Beethoven's 9th Symphony (Thielemann), and will sing Mahler's 8th Symphony with the Royal Scottish National Symphony (Oundjian), Houston Symphony (Eschenbach), and the May Festival in Cincinatti (Conlon). She will appear with the NHK Philharmonic in Poulenc's Gloria (Dutoit), and will return to the CBSO to sing Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder with Andris Nelsons conducting. She will make her debut with the Dallas Symphony (van Zweden) singing Beethoven's 9th Symphony. She also will sing Vier Letzte Lieder with the Melbourne Symphony and Sir Andrew Davis conducting, and will make her Cincinnatti Opera debut as Anna Sørenson in Kevin Puts' Pulitzer-prize-winning new opera Silent Night. During the summer she will sing Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis in Melbourne, at the Edinburgh International Festival, and in the Concertgebouw. She will also sing Elgar's oratorio The Kingdom with Sir Andrew Davis and the BBCSO at the First Night of the Proms, and appear with L'orchestre symphonique de Montréal both at the Lanaudière Festival and in the Maison Symphonique.
Recent career highlights include a highly acclaimed debut as Clémence in L’amour de loin with the Canadian Opera Company, the title role in Thaïs at the Edinburgh Festival, the title role in Arabella at Santa Fe Opera, her first Verdi Requiems (Sydney Symphony/Robertson and Edinburgh Festival/Runnicles), Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and 9th Symphony with Haitink conducting, and a European tour and DVD of Britten's War Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony and Andris Nelsons conducting.
Mahler's 8th Symphony has 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 recently released 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 has 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 recent seasons, Ms. Wall has 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, 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 has 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, Nashville Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Oregon Symphony in the USA, and 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 in her native Canada. Overseas she has sung with the Staatskapelle Berlin, the London Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre de Paris, the Residentie Orkest and Limburgs Symfonie Orkest (Netherlands), the NHK Philharmonic and New Japan Philharmonic (Tokyo), and the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro. In addition she appears regularly at summer music festivals including Ravinia (Chicago), Grant Park (Chicago), Tanglewood (Massachusetts), Lanaudière (Montréal), Mostly Mozart (New York City), and Campos do Jordao (Brazil).
Ms. Wall is very grateful to have received awards and scholarship assistance from the Richard Tucker Foundation, the George London 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.
Ms. Wall was born and raised in Canada, and lives in Toronto with her husband, son, and daughter.