The Australian soprano Valda Wilson was born in Sydney and studied singing at the city’s Conservatorium of Music. Among the many awards that she received at that time was a scholarship from the Opera Foundation of Australia allowing her to study at the National Opera Studio in London and a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship.
From 2010 to 2012 she was a member of the Youth Ensemble of the Dresden Semperoper, where her roles included Pamina and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Ines in Il trovatore, the Princess in Cui’s Puss-in-Boots, the title role in Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus and multiple roles in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and in the world premiere of Miroslav Srnka’s Jakub Flügelbunt.
Valda Wilson’s other roles include Laodice in Hasse’s Il Siroe, Morgana (Alcina), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Amore (Gluck’s Paride ed Elena), Rosina (Haydn’s La vera costanza), Mademoiselle Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), Ilia (Idomeneo), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Norina (Don Pasquale), the title role in Manon, Elsie (The Yeoman of the Guard) and Susan (Lennox Berkeley’s A Dinner Engagement).
In February 2012 Valda Wilson sang at Dame Joan Sutherland’s memorial service in Westminster Abbey with the Royal Opera House Orchestra under Sir Antonio Pappano. In October 2012 she will sing the title role in Handel’s Rodelinda with the Sydney Lyric Orchestra under Richard Bonynge.
On the concert platform she has been heard in Australia and Europe in sacred works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart and Rossini as well as in pieces by two Australian composers, Paul Paviour and Anne Boyd.