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The Canadian soprano Erin Wall, who was born in Calgary, Alberta, completed her vocal training at Western Washington University, Rice University in Houston, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West. In 2001 she began her professional career as a member of the Opera Studio at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she belonged to the company for three years. There she learned the role that would become her signature: Donna Anna from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, with which she subsequently made her debuts at Washington National Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Bavarian and Vienna Staatsoper companies. The stage works of Mozart and Richard Strauss are at the center of Wall’s repertoire: Die Zauberflöte and Così fan tutte, as well as Daphne, Arabella, and Capriccio. In addition she has performed selected operas from the 20th and 21st centuries, including Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at La Scala in Milan, Clémence in Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin at the Canadian Opera Company, and Anna Sørensen in Kevin Puts’s Silent Night in Cincinnati and Kansas. As a concert singer Erin Wall has frequently devoted herself to the symphonies of Gustav Mahler, especially the Eighth Symphony, which she has performed with such conductors as Pierre Boulez and Michael Tilson Thomas and for which she received a Grammy Award in 2010. She has sung Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the Missa solemnis under the direction of Bernard Haitink and, under Andris Nelsons, Britten’s War Requiem in Coventry and Strauss’s Four Last Songs. In the summer of 2014 Wall performed at the First Night of the BBC Proms in Edward Elgar’s The Kingdom; last September she could be heard in Poulenc’s Stabat Mater with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 17 September 2006 as the soloist in Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas.