Gary Thor Wedow

Conductor Gary Thor Wedow,who specializes in historically informed performances, has appeared with opera companies, orchestras, and festivals throughout North America. A frequent guest of Seattle Opera, some of his recent successes there include the double bill of Poulenc’s La Voix humaine and Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Gluck’s Orphée, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. For many years Mr. Wedow was closely associated with New York City Opera, where he led Mozart’s Don Giovanni, in the Christopher Alden production, and conducted the New York Premiere of Telemann’s Orpheus in May 2012. Recently, he conducted The Magic Flute with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the World Premiere of Paul Richards and Wendy Steiner’s Biennale at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and Handel’s Messiah for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 Mr. Wedow led J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on tour with Juilliard 415, the historical performance ensemble, culminating with a concert in Alice Tully Hall; Donizetti’s Don Pasquale for Arizona Opera; Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio for Utah Opera; and Don Giovanni for Seattle Opera.

Born in La Porte, Indiana, and now a resident of New York City, Gary Thor Wedow has been a member of The Juilliard School faculty since 1994, leading performances of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Handel’s Ariodante, and Don Giovanni. He has prepared several performing editions of Baroque works in collaboration with countertenor Lawrence Lipnik, and his long association with director Stephen Wadsworth has included productions of Handel’s Xerxes and Ariodante, as well as Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride. He studied with piano virtuoso Jorge Bolet at the Indiana University School of Music and received his masters of music degree from Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music.

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