New York mezzo steps up and into Dido role

  • Jun 21, 2011
The Oregon Bach Festival regrets to announce that soprano Golda Schultz is indisposed and will not appear in the title role of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, scheduled for a four-concert tour June 27-30. The Festival is extremely grateful to New York-based mezzo-soprano Leah Wool, who will take over the role of Dido. Wool arrives in Portland June 22 for the start of rehearsals with Monica Huggett, PBO director. Within the last two opera seasons Wool has sung leading roles with Gotham Chamber Opera, Utah Opera, Boston Baroque, and The Little Orchestra Society at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, and has previously appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, Central City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Opera Theatre St. Louis. As a concert soloist, she has performed in Avery Fisher Hall in Copland's In the Beginning and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and the Duruflé Requiem in her debut with the San Francisco Symphony. She has also performed with Glimmerglass Opera, Kentucky Opera, and the Spoleto Festival USA. Opera News described her as "among the more distinctive and accomplished artists of her generation," with a "distinguished, lovely timbre." A singer with an affinity for the baroque, Wool received a 2008 Sullivan Foundation Award, given to gifted singers in the early stages of professional careers. John Evans, Oregon Bach Festival executive director and president, is pleased to welcome a young soprano of such stature to the cast. “Leah is a rising star on the opera scene,” Evans said. “We’re fortunate that someone of her caliber is available to lead this stellar cast.” Dido and Aeneas performances take place June 27 in Portland; June 28 in Bend; June 29 in Ashland, and June 30 in Eugene.