Conductor Gary Thor Wedow has established a reputation for dramatically exciting and historically informed performances with opera companies, festivals, and choral organizations throughout North America. His most recent successes include Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice and Mozart’s The Magic Flute for Seattle Opera, Wolf-Ferrari’s Le donne curiose for Wolf Trap Opera, and Handel’s Agrippina for Boston Lyric Opera. Mr. Wedow has been closely associated with New York City Opera for many years, and he most recently conducted Christopher Alden’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and the New York premiere of Telemann’s Orpheus. He led Madison Opera’s “Opera in the Park” in July 2012 and recently conducted the Berkshire Choral Society in Salzburg and Mondsee.
Highlights of Mr. Wedow’s 2012–13 season include Mozart’s La finta giardiniera for San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Handel’s Xerxes at Indiana University, Handel’s Rinaldo for Portland Opera with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus for Virginia Opera, Handel’s Messiah with the Alabama Symphony, and a return to Seattle Opera for Poulenc’s La Voix humaine and Puccini’s Suor Angelica.
Born in LaPorte, Indiana, and now a resident of New York City, Gary Thor Wedow has been a member of The Juilliard School faculty since 1994 and has led performances there of Monteverdi’s L'Incoronazione di Poppea, La finta giardiniera, Agrippina, and Don Giovanni. He has prepared several performing editions of Baroque works in collaboration with countertenor Lawrence Lipnik. Mr. Wedow’s long association with director Stephen Wadsworth has included productions of Handel’s Xerses and Ariodante as well as 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. His wide-ranging repertoire includes Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, both Sartorio and Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Bizet’s Carmen, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, Puccini’s La bohème, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and several world premieres. Choral masterpieces and symphonic repertoire have taken him to the podiums of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London, and Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, where he was associate conductor for many years. As a pianist, Mr. Wedow studied with Jorge Bolet.