William  Wilson

William Wilson

Professor of Voice

School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact Information

Phone
(970) 351-2076
Office
Frasier 151
Office Hours
M/T/TR, 9-10am

Education

1985 Master of Music
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Vocal Performance, Top 10% of Graduate School

1983 Master of Business Administration
University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Finance and Marketing, Graduated First in Class of 40

1981 Bachelor of Arts
University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Vocal Performance

Professional/Academic Experience

William Wilson has been a faculty member at UNC since 2005. Before coming to UNC, he lived in Europe for 15 years where he performed leading roles in Opera, Operetta, Concerts and Musicals. He has performed with the Landestheater Coburg, Theater St. Gallen, Vienna Sinfonietta, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Theater Hof, Theater Oberhausen, Theater Annaberg-Buchholz, Opera Classica Europa, Frankfurter Kammeroper, Philharmonic Orchestra of Thuringia, European Chamber Opera, Phantom der Oper Basel, Sunset Blvd. Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden Chamber Orchestra, Frankfurter Sinfoniker, Krakow Radio Symphony, Dubrovnik Symphony, Symphony of Plovdiv and Sophia, Bulgaria, Smetana Symphony of Prague, Johann Strauss Orchestra Wiesbaden, Carl Witzel Verein, Symphony Karlsbad, University Orchestra of Dresden, Nevada Opera, Nevada Opera Theater, Brooklyn Opera, Long Beach Opera, Opera Fort Collins, Los Angeles Concert Opera, Las Vegas Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Orange County Master Chorale, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard OTD and the Crystal Cathedral Choir and Orchestra. Some of the roles he has performed are: Don Carlo di Vargas in La Forza del Destino, Wolfram in Tannhauser, Zar in Zar und Zimmerman, Nabucco in Nabucco, Giorgio Germont in La Traviata, Dr. Schön in Lulu, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Papageno in Die Zauberflote, Marat in Marat, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Figaro and the Count in le Nozze di Figaro, Dandini in la Cenerentola, Antonio in Linda di Chamounix, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Amonasro in Aida, Escamillo in Carmen, Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette, Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea, Belcore in l’Elisir d’amore, and Mr. Andre in The Phantom of the Opera. 

Three of Professor Wilson's voice students, UNC graduates, are singing full-time in opera houses in Germany.

Research/Areas of Interest

German and Italian Opera, German Art Song, British/American Art Song

Publications/Creative Works

2016, Dr. Falke, Die Fledermaus, Strauss, Opera Classica Europa, Johann Strauss Orchestra Wiesbaden, Burg Lindenfels, Germany

2016, Alfio, Cavalleria Rusticana, Mascagni, Opera Classica Europa, Orchestra of National Theater of Constanta, Romania, Burg Lindenfels and Burg Eppstein, Germany

2016, Sacristan, Tosca,Puccini, Opera Classica Europa, National Theater Orchestra of Constanta, Romania, Espenschied, Germany

2016, Sharpless, Madame Butterfly, Puccini, Opera Classica Europa, Orchestra of the National Theater of Constanta, Romania, Chateaux Buc, Versailles, France

2015, Nabucco, Nabucco, Verdi, Opera Classica Europa, Orchestra of the National Theater of Constanta, Romania,
Burg Lindenfels and Espenschied, Germany

2015, Sacristan, Tosca, Puccini, Opera Classica Europa, Orchestra of the National Theater of Constanta Romania, Schloss Marburg, Germany

2015, Dr. Falke, Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss, Opera Classica Europa, Johann Strauss Orchestra Wiesbaden, Eppstein, Germany, two performances

2015, Escamillo, Carmen, Bizet, UNC Opera, UCCC, Greeley, Colorado

2014, Giorgio Germont, La Traviata, Verdi with tenor John Osborne and soprano Lynette Tapia, Opera Classica Europa, Orchestra of the National Theater of Constanta, Romania, Rhein Main Theater, Wiesbaden, Germany

2014, Sharpless, Madame Butterfly, Puccini, Opera Classica Europa, Orchestra of the National Theater of Constanta, Romania, Festspiele Dreieichenhain, Germany

2014, Monterone, Rigoletto,Verdi, Opera Classica Europa,
Orchestra of the National Theater of Sophia and Plovdiv
Bulgaria, Kurpark, Bad Homburg, German

2014, Monterone, Rigoletto, Verdi, Opera Classica Europa
Orchestra of the National Theater of Constanta, Romania,
Chateau Buc, Versailles, France

2014, Don Carlo di Vargas, La Forza del Destino, Verdi, Opera Classica Europa, Orchestra of the National Theater of Constanta, Romania, Kloster Eberbach, Germany

2013, Amonasro, Aida, Verdi, Opera Classica Europa, Orchestra of the National Theater of Constanta, Romania, Burg Lindenfels, Germany

2013, Monterone, Rigoletto, Verdi, Opera Classica Europa, Orchestra of the National Theater of Constanta, Romania, Clingenburg Festspiele, Clingenburg, Germany

2012, Lescaut, Manon, Massenet, Opera Classica Europa, Smetana Symphony of Prague, Bad Homburg, Germany and Versailles, France

2012, Monterone, Rigoletto, Verdi, Opera Classica Europa, Smetana Symphony of Prague, Burgfestspiele Eppstein, Eppstein, Germany

2011, Giorgio Germont, La Traviata, Verdi, Opera Classica Europa, Bad Homburg, Germany, Smetana Symphony Orchestra of Prague

2011, Don Fernando, Fidelio, Beethoven, Opera Classica Europa, Clingenburg Festspiele, Clingenburg, Germany, Frankfurter Sinfoniker

2010, Amonasro, Aida, Verdi, Opera Classica Europa, Bad Homburg, Germany, National Symphony Orchestra of Constanta, Romania

2010, Alfio, Cavalleria Rusticana, Mascagni, Opera Classica Europa, Kloster Eberbach, Germany, Domplatz Limburg, Germany. Kammerphilhamonie Europa
2010, Sacristan, Tosca, Puccini, Opera Classica Europa, Schloss Montabaur, Germany, Kammerphilharmonie Europa

2010, Kuno, Der Freischutz, von Weber, Opera Classica Europa, Kammerphilharmonie Europa, Burg Eppstein, Germany, Jagdschloss Kranichstein, Darmsatdt, Germany, Herrstein-Niederwoerresbach, Germany,Fichtelsee, Germany, Hessenpark, Germany, Clingenburg, Germany

2010, Montano, Otello, Verdi, Opera Classica Europa, Symphony Orchestra of Constanta, Romania, Versailles, France

2009, Bartolo, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini, Opera Classica Europa, Versailles, France with Dubrovnik Symphony, Hessenpark, Germany, Burg Eppstein, Germany, Schloss Arena, Schloss Dennenlohe, Germany, Burg Hayn, Festspiele Dreieichenhain, Dreieich, Germany with Frankfurter Sinfoniker

2009, Sacristan, Tosca, Puccini, Opera Fort Collins, Fort Collins, Colorado

2009, Donald Giovanni, PDQ Bachʼs The Abduction of Figaro, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, Greeley, Colorado

2008, Escamillo, Carmen, Bizet, Opera Classica Europa, Festspiele Dreieichenhain, Dreieichenhain, Germany, Hachenburg, German

2008, Sacristan, Tosca, Puccini, Opera Classica Europa, Eppstein, Germany, Schloss Dennenlohe, Germany

2008, Morales, Carmen, Bizet, Opera Classica Europa, Versailles, France, Festspiele Dreieichenhain, Dreieichenhain, Germany

2007, Sharpless, Madame Butterfly, Puccini, Opera Classica Europa, Wetzlarer Festspiele, Wetzlar, Germany

2007, Sacristan, Tosca, Puccini, Opera Classica Europa, Valencia, Spain, Gijon, Spain, Festspiele Dreieichenhain, Dreieichenhain, Germany

2007, Morales, Carmen, Bizet, Opera Classica Europa, Hanau, Germany, Enschede, Holland

2007, Il Gran Sacerdote, Nabucco, Verdi, Opera Classica Europa, Kloster Frauenalp, Germany, Bad Schwalbach, Germany

2007, Montano, Otello, Verdi, Opera Classica Europa, Schloss Braunfels, Braunfels, Germany

2007, Isidor Strauss, Titanic-the Musical, UNC PVA School of Theater Arts and Dance, Greeley, Colorado

2007, Amonasro, Aida, Verdi, Opera Fort Collins, Fort Collins,

*2006, Harlekin, Ariadne auf Naxos, Strauss, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany production in Coburg)

*2006, Zuniga, Carmen, Bizet, Opera Classica Europa, Wetzlarer Festspiel, Wetzlar, Germany

*2005, Zar Peter 1st, Zar und Zimmerman, Lortzing, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2005, Stefano, Viva La Mamma, Donizetti, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2005, Don Carlo di Vargas, La Forza del Destino, Verdi, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2005, Einsiedler, Simplicius, Strauss, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2004, Dr. Schoen/Jack the Ripper, Lulu, Berg, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2004-2005, Mr. Mushnik, Little Shop of Horrors, Menken, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2004-2005, Don Fernando, Fidelio, Beethoven, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg Germany

*2004, Enrico, Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2003-2004, Sacristan, Tosca, Puccini, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

2004-2005, Sacristan, Tosca, Puccini, Theater, Annaberg-Buchholz, Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany, Three performances

*2003-2004, Ottokar, Der Freischutz, von Weber, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2003, Dr. P, title role, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Nyman, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2002-2003, Sharpless, Madame Butterfly, Puccini, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

2004, Sharpless, Madame Butterfly, Puccini, Theater Hof, Hof, Germany, Three performances

*2002, Belcore, LʼElisir d”Amore, Donizetti, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2002, Marat, Marat, Haupt, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2002, Haraschta, The Clever Fox, Janacek, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany - Three performances

*2001-2002, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Tannhauser, Wagner, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2001-2002, Giorgio Germont, La Traviata, Verdi, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2001, Der Notar, Der Rosenkavalier, Strauss, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2000-2001, Papageno, Die Zauberfloete, Mozart, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2001, Popolescu, Graefin Mariza, Kalman, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2001, Kruschina, The Bartered Bride, Smetana, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2001, Kommissar/Erster Offizier, Die Letzte am Schafott, Poulenc, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

*2001, Marullo, Rigoletto, Verdi, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

2000-2001 Gaetano, Banditenstreiche, von Suppe, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

1998-2000, The Count, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni, Papageno, Zauberfloete, Mozart, Vienna Sinfonietta, tours in Germany, Sweden and Norway

1999-1998, Debt Collector, Loud Party Guest, Over 300 performances, Sunset Blvd., Webber, RMT Productions, Wiesbaden, Germany

1996-1997, Mr. Andre, Swing, Approximately 350 performances, Phantom of the Opera, Webber, Really Useful Group, Basel, Switzerland

1996, Dandini, Cenerentola, Rossini, Frankfurter Kammer Oper, Frankfurt, Germany

1995, Polyphemus, Acis and Galatea, Handel, European Chamber Opera, Florence, Italy

1995, Guillielmo, Cosi fan tutte, Mozart, Las Vegas Lyric Opera, Las Vegas, Nevada

1994, Luntha, The King and I, Rodgers, Nevada Opera Theater, Las Vegas, Nevada

1994, Yamadori, Madame Butterfly, Nevada Opera Theater, Las Vegas, Nevada

1992, Vocal soloist, Der Verschwenderer, Raimund, Stadttheater St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

1992, Gualtiero Raleigh, Roberto Devreaux, Donizetti, Stadttheater St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

1991, Il Dottore, Macbeth, Verdi, Stadttheater St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

1991, Mercutio, Romeo und Julia, Gounod, Theater Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany
1988, Antonio, Linda di Chamounix, Donizetti, Los Angeles Concert Opera, Los Angeles, California

1988, Belcore, LʼElisir dʼAmore, Donizetti, Euterpe Opera, Los Angeles, California

1988, Germont, La Traviata, Verdi, Townsend Opera Players, Modesto, California

1987, Belcore, LʼElisir dʼAmore, Donizetti, Townsend Opera Players, Modesto, California

1987, Danilo, Die Lustige Witwe, Lehar, Viennese Culture Society, Los Angeles, California

1981, Conte Almaviva, Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart, Nevada Opera, Reno, Nevada

1981, Jake Wallace, La Fanciulla del West, Puccini, Nevada Opera, Reno, Nevada

1979, Belcore, LʼElisir dʼ Amore, Donizetti, Brooklyn Opera, New York, New York

2016, Baritone Soloist, Beethoven 9th Symphony, Opera Classica Europa, Orchestra of the National Theater of Romania, Marktkirche, Wiesbaden, Germany

2015, Baritone soloist, Opera and Operetta Gala, Dr. Falke, Die Fledermaus, 2nd Act Finale, Opera Classica Europa Johann Strauss Orchestra Wiesbaden, Domplatz, Limburg, Sprudelhof, Bad Nauheim, Germany, two performances

2014, Italian Opera Night with the World Famous Tenors, La Forza del Destino, Verdi, Final Duet with tenor Boiko Svetanov, Philharmonic Orchestra of Thuringia, sold out Performance, Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany

2014, Baritone Soloist, Italian Opera Night, Orchestra of the National Theater of Constanta, Romania, Marktkirche, Wiesbaden, Germany

2014, Baritone Soloist, Italian Opera Night, Frankfurter Sinfoniker, Burgfestspiele Eppstein, Germany

2014, Baritone Soloist and MC, Italian Opera Gala, Orchestra of the National Theater of Sophia and Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Bürgerhaus, Lorch, Germany

2014, Baritone Soloist, Italian Opera Night, Orchestra of the National Theater of Constanta, Romania, Domplatz, Limburg, Germany

2013, Amonasro Aria and Finale Act II, Aida in Verdi Opera Gala, Chorus and Orchestra of the National Theater of Constanta, Romania, Kurtheater, Bad Homburg, Germany, Burggarten, Hachenburg, Germany, Bad Nauheim, Germany, Schlangenbad, Germany

2013, Performed as Baritone Soloist the American premier of Thomas Ades, Brahms with Dr. Russell Guyver the UNC University Symphony Orchestra2012, Baritone Soloist, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, opera excerpts, Smetana Symphony of Prague, Limburg, Germany

2012, Bass Soloist, Mozart Requiem, Greeley Chamber Orchestra, Greeley, Colorado

2012, Baritone Soloist, Wagner-Verdi Opera Gala Concert, Wiesbaden Orchestra, Smetana Symphony of Prague, Kurhaus Bad Homburg, Bad Homburg, Germany

2012, Baritone Soloist, Piano Accompanist, Concert for the opening of the Weinfest, Bad Schwalbach, Germany

2011, Baritone Soloist, Verdi Opera Gala Concert, Domplatz Limburg, Germany, Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra

2011, Baritone Soloist in Concert, “Everybody Loves Puccini”, with the Loveland Opera in excerpt from Pucciniʼs La Boheme and Fanciulla del West

2011, Baritone Soloist, Piano Accompanist, Concert for the opening of the Weinfest, Bad Schwalbach, Germany

2010, Baritone Soloist, World premiere of Mass by Composer, Carl Witzel, Kammerphilharmonie Europa, Kloster Eberbach, Germany

2010, Baritone Soloist, Mahler, Rückert Lieder, University of Western Illinois Orchestra, Macomb, Illinois
2009, Baritone Soloist, Wolfram in excerpt Wagnerʼs Tannhäuser, Gala Concert with Dubrovnik Symphony and Ivan Pochekin, first prize winner Paganini Competition, Moskow, Kloster Eberbach, Germany

2009, Baritone Soloist, Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Opera Gala Concert with Dubrovnik Symphony, Kurhaus Bad Homburg, Bad Homburg, Germany

2009, Baritone Soloist with tenor Kieth Ikaia-Purdy and soprano, Romana Vaccaro, Italian Opera Gala, Arias and Duets from Aida, La Traviata and Don Carlos, Burg Rabenstein, Germany

2009, Baritone Soloist, Opera Gala Concert, Greeley Chamber Orchestra, Greeley, Colorado

2008, Scarpia, Tosca, Te Deum, Escamillo, Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre, Frankfurter Symphoniker, Hessenpark, Germany

2008, Escamillo, Carmen, Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre, Frankfurter Symphoniker, Hoechst, Germany

2008, Escamillo, Carmen, Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre, Opera Classica Europa, Kloster Frauenalp, Germany

2007, Bass soloist, Beethoven Mass in C, Choral Fantasy Broomfield Choral Festival, Broomfield, Colorado

2006, Soloist, International Johann Strauss Festival, Coburg Germany

2006, Baritone Soloist, Hora Novissima , Horatio Parker, Greeley Philharmonic, Orchestra, Greeley, Colorado

2006, Baritone Soloist, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Greeley Chamber Orchestra, Greeley, Colorado

2006, Baritone Soloist in program of opera arias and duets for the Denver Opera Guild, Denver Colorado

2004, Schubert Lieder Orchestrated by Brahms, Landestheater Coburg Symphony Concert, Coburg, Germany

2004, Enrico, Excerpts from Lucia di Lammermoor, Opening Concert, Landestheater, Coburg, Coburg, Germany

2004, Marcello, Excerpts from La Boheme, Spring Concert, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

2003, Baritone Soloist, 175 Year Anniversary Concert, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

2001, Baritone Soloist, Hodie, Vaughan Williams, Universitaets Orchestra, Dresden, Germany

2002, Baritone Soloist, Songs of Cole Porter, Landestheater Coburg Symphony, Coburg Germany

2001, Baritone Soloist, Silvester Abend Concert, Landestheater Coburg, Coburg, Germany

2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, Soloist, Opera, Operetta Concert, Altenkunsstadt, Germany

1999, Opera Solist in concert of Mozart opera selections, Krakow Radio Symphony, Krakow, Poland

1997, Concerts, Singer, Pianist, MS Arkona, Mediterranean Sea

1996, Soloist, Scenes from American Musicals, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany

1996, Soloist, 100 year Anniversary of Maifestspiel Wiesbaden, Scenes from American Musicals, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany

1996, Old American Songs, Copeland, Nevada Symphony, Las Vegas, Nevada

1995, Captain von Trapp, The Sound of Music, Rodgers, Nevada Symphony, Las Vegas, Nevada

1994, Baritone Soloist, Nevada Opera Theater Concert, Opera Go Lightly, Las Vegas, Nevada

1994, Baritone Soloist, Showcase Concert, Performing Arts Society of Nevada, Las Vegas Nevada

1992, Baritone Soloist, Opening Concert, Stadttheater St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

1992, Baritone Soloist. International Gala Evening of Opera and Operetta, Wagner, Lohengrin, Heerrufer , 2nd Act, Zar Peter 1st, Zar und Zimmerman, Symphony Karlsbad, Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany

1992, Baritone Soloist, Chor, Orchestra and Soloist Concert of the Saenger Vereinigung Heusenstamm, Heusenstamm, Germany

1992, Bass Soloist, Missa Solemnis, Bruckner,Wiesbaden Kammerorchester, Wiesbaden, Germany

1990, Bass Soloist, Mariazellermesse, Haydn,Wiesbaden Kammerorchester, Wiesbaden, Germany

1990, Baritone Soloist, Concert of Contemporary Oratorios, Heusenstamm Maenner Chor, Heusenstamm, Germany

1989, Baritone Soloist, Frauen und Maenner Chor Gonsenheim, Mainz-Gonsenheim, Germany

1989, Baritone Soloist, Frauen und Maenner Chor Gonsenheim, Mainz-Gonsenheim, Germany

1988, Bass Soloist, Messias, Handel, Crystal Cathedral Choir and Orchestra, Garden Grove, California

1987, Baritone Soloist, Requiem, Faure, Crystal Cathedral Choir and Orchestra,Garden Grove, California

1983, Bass Soloist, Beethoven, Mass in C, Reno Philharmonic, Reno, Nevada

1982, Bass Soloist, Messiah, Handel, Reno Chamber Orchestra

1982, Bass Soloist, Requem, Mozart, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Reno, Nevada

1981, Bass Soloist, Mariazellermesse, Haydn, Musical Arts Society, Las Vegas, Nevada

1981, Bass Soloist, Haydn, Lord Nelson Mass,Reno Chamber Orchestra, Reno, Nevada

1981, Baritone Soloist, Carmina Burana, Orff, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Reno, Nevada

1980, Bass Soloist, Mass in B minor, Bach, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Reno, Nevada

Honors and Awards

2013, UNC Voted by First Year Scholars Outstanding Faculty

2008, Awarded Certificate of Appreciation for having a positive impact on first year students at UNC at First Year Scholars Recognition Reception

2006, Housing and Residence Life, Academic Recognition Celebration Award

1987 and 1988, Finalist, Loren Zachary International Vocal Competition

1988, Winner, Pasadena Opera Guild Vocal Competition

1985, Phi Kappa Phi, Scholastic Honorary Society, University of Southern California, Los Angeles California

1983, Beta Gamma Sigma, Business Honorary Society, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada. Graduated first in M.B.A. graduating class of forty students

1982, Winner, Metropolitan Opera auditions for Nevada, Won Atlantic Richfield Scholarship Award at the Regional Auditions.

1979, Winner, Concerto Competition University of Utah, 2X, once as pianist and once as singer

1978, Winner, Concerto Competition University of Utah, as pianist

1974, Winner, NATM, Piano Competition for Nevada


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