The American bass Scott Wilde completed his musical training at New York’s Juilliard School. His first engagements were with the Baltimore Opera, the New York City Opera, the Washington Opera, the Opera Theatre of St Louis and the San Francisco Opera.
He made his European debut as the Commendatore (Don Giovanni) with the Irish National Opera, followed by Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) in Palma de Mallorca. As a permanent member of the ensemble of the Semperoper Dresden, he expanded his repertory to take on numerous roles, among them Hermit (Der Freischütz), King (Aida), Truffaldino (Ariadne auf Naxos) and the Holsteiner in Richard Strauss’s Friedenstag, before beginning a freelance career worldwide.
He returned to San Francisco as Speaker (Die Zauberflöte), Abimélech (Samson et Dalila) and Hans Foltz (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), and sang Jason in the world premiere of Rolf Liebermann’s Medea in Bern, Tom (Un ballo in maschera) in Dresden and King Marke in concert performances of Tristan und Isolde in Tours. He quickly established himself as a guest artist at the opera houses of Toulouse, Amsterdam, Geneva, Montpellier and Madrid. He made his debut at the Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona in Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, before making an acclaimed Paris Opéra debut in the world premiere of Dusapin’s Perelà, uomo di fumo under James Colon. He has returned to the Paris Opéra in many productions, including Die Zauberflöte, Salome and Lulu.
Scott Wilde’s recent engagements have included Sarastro and Arkel (Pelléas et Mélisande) for the Welsh National Opera, Gershom Sholem in the world premiere of Michel Tabachnik’s Benjamin, dernière nuit at the Opéra de Lyon, Bonze (Madama Butterfly) at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Hérode in Mariotte’s Salomé and General Audebert in Kevin Puts’s Silent Night at the Wexford Festival, Decius and Dardanus in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s Julius Caesar at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, First Apprentice (Wozzeck) at the Teatre del Liceu, Trulove (The Rake’s Progress) at the Opéra de Rennes and the Angers Nantes Opéra, Il Talpa and Simone in Il trittico under Franz Welser-Möst at the Salzburg Festival in 2022 and the Police Commissioner (Der Rosenkavalier) at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam.
Future engagements will include Hans Foltz in Madrid, Simone in Amsterdam, Le Bailli (Werther) at the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus and a return to the Paris Opéra.