Brent Wilson, Conductor
Brent Wilson is a Los Angeles-based tenor, conductor and stage director. As a singer, Wilson made his international debuts with Opera Festival di Lucca, Italy as Alidoro in Cenerentola and as Frank in Die Fledermaus with International Opera Festival in Opava, Czech Republic. Shortly thereafter, Wilson switched to tenor and made his debut with Boston Lyric Opera in Eugene Onegin. Since that time, he has sung with Boston Lyric Opera, Maine Grand Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Granite State Opera and with Chicago Opera Theater, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Opera Theatre Saint Louis. He also has frequently appeared with the Grammy-nominated ensemble Boston Baroque, Handel and Haydn Society, Handel Oratorio Society, Long Beach Camerata, and the Santa Barbara Master Chorale.
As a conductor, Wilson served as Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master of Opera Santa Barbara for five seasons where his ensembles received consistent praise. Regarding Orphée et Eurydice-“The versatile chorus was consistently engaging, a credit to chorus master Brent Wilson and the talented singers.” -Robert F. Adams, CASA Magazine. Productions included La Traviata, La Boheme, Le Nozze di Figaro, Orphée et Eurydice, Madame Butterfly, Aida, and Don Pasquale. He conducted The Consul and Don Pasquale with Opera Santa Barbara, appeared frequently as guest conductor for the UCSB orchestra, and currently serves as the Interim Artistic Director and Conductor of Santa Barbara Master Chorale.
In addition to singing and conducting, Wilson is also a stage director and has recently staged Amelia Goes to the Ball, The Medium, Trouble in Tahiti, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Pirates of Penzance, Into the Woods, Riders to the Sea, The Impresario, Signor Deluso, and Gallantry. He is the Director of Voice, Choir, Opera and Musical Theater at Ventura College, guest stage director for Viterbo University in Wisconsin, and Stage Director the the Summer Opera Festival in La Crosse.
Additionally, he has taught on faculty at the Tanglewood Institute through Boston University, Augustana College, and University of California-Santa Barbara, where he conducted the Joel Feigin’s The Twelfth Night which won 1st prize for the National Opera Association’s opera production competition in their division. He is a member of the National Opera Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and champions the training of young singers. He currently has students in the Broadway tours School of Rock, Rock of Ages, and Hamilton, and recently embarked on projects to rediscover and remount Menotti’s works that haven’t received subsequent performances since their debuts on NBC and CBS in the 60s and 70s. Wilson received Voice Performance degrees from Augustana College(B.A.) and Boston University School of Music(M.M.) and also holds degrees in Computer Science/Mathematics from Augustana. In his free time, Wilson likes to compete in marathons and other endurance sports, and he recently completed his fifth Ironman in Zurich, Switzerland.