Conductor Gary Thor Wedow has established a reputation for dramatically exciting and historically informed performances with opera companies, orchestras, and festivals throughout North America. He made his New York Philharmonic debut in 2012, conducting Handel’s Messiah, and returns in the 2014–15 season to reprise the oratorio. A frequent guest of Seattle Opera, some of his recent successes there include a double bill of Poulenc’s La Voix humaine and Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Gluck’s Orphée, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
Mr. Wedow was closely associated with New York City Opera for many years, where he led Christopher Alden’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and in May 2012 conducted the New York Premiere of Telemann’s Orpheus. 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 Messiah for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 Mr. Wedow leads Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on tour with the Juilliard415 (the school’s principal period instrument ensemble), culminating in a performance at 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.
Past highlights include Handel’s Agrippina for Boston Lyric Opera; Mozart’s La finta giardiniera for San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program; Handel’s Serse for Indiana University; Handel’s Rinaldo for Portland Opera with the Portland Baroque Orchestra; and Richard Strauss’s Die Fledermaus for Virginia Opera. He has appeared regularly with Wolf Trap Opera and the Berkshire Choral Festival, most recently leading Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli in Salzburg.
Born in La Porte, Indiana, and now a resident of New York City, Gary Thor Wedow has been a member of The Juilliard School’s faculty since 1994, leading performances of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, La finta giardiniera, Handel’s Ariodante, and most recently, Don Giovanni. He has prepared several performing editions of Baroque works in collaboration with countertenor Lawrence Lipnik. His long association with director Stephen Wadsworth has included productions of Handel’s Serse and Ariodante and Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride.
Mr. Wedow has been a frequent guest of Florida Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glimmerglass Opera, Berkshire Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Amherst Early Music Festival, and Pittsburgh Opera, among others. Choral masterpieces and symphonic repertoire have taken him to Orchestra London Canada, Phoenix Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, where he was associate conductor for many years. As a pianist, he studied with virtuoso Jorge Bolet.