(photo credit: Yves Renaud)The Conductor
Winnipeg native and internationally-acclaimed conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson returns to L’Opera de Montreal to conduct Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman
by Richard Burnett
(photo credit: Yves Renaud)
Early in her career she performed as a flute soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1989. After graduating from Julliard (where she studied with Otto Werner Mueller) in 1994, she made her conducting debut with Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and would go on to conduct some of the planet’s finest orchestras on the classical world’s most fabled stages. She was the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s associate conductor for four years, then in 1998 began her career as an international guest conductor, alternating between symphony orchestras and opera productions. She’s conducted the Rome Opera Orchestra, featuring Jose Carreras and Andrea Bocelli, and the Hong Kong Orchestra with violinist Isaac Stern.
When asked if being a woman slowed her climb to the top of the heap, Wilson replies, “I really have no idea if it made my journey more difficult. I am very fortunate to have done what I have been able to do, and I do feel it’s really all about one’s personality and how you communicate with the orchestra, as a man or woman. It’s always a question of chemistry.”
Read our review of Dutchman.