With a solid technique, beautiful timbre, and a refined musicality, American tenor Zachary Wilder is recognized for his work in repertoires covering the 17th and 18th centuries and is sought after for concerts and opera productions on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2011, he was invited by the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, to play Corydon in Händel's Acis and Galatea, a production which subsequently toured to La Fenice in Venice. During this period, William Christie selected him to join the ranks of the Jardin des Voix, the prestigious academy for young singers with the Arts Florissants. Zachary subsequently relocated to France which he now calls home.
He continues to work with many eminent ensembles such as Ensemble Pygmalion, Les Arts Florissants, L’Arpeggiata, Les Talens Lyriques, Le Concert d’Astrée, Le Poème Harmonique, Le Concert Spirituel, Bach Collegium Japan, the Boston Early Music Festival, Cappella Mediterranea, Collegium Vocale Gent, Early Music Vancouver, English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble Matheus, I Gemelli, the Handel & Haydn Society, De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestre, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Recent highlights from past seasons include a seven month tour celebrating the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, where he performed the roles of Eurimaco in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Lucano in L’Incoronazione di Poppea; Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels as Mark with the Philharmonie de Strasbourg, The Tale of Genji as the Spirit of Light at Kabukiza led by Ebizo Ichikawa, the Rolex Concert led by Rolando Villazon at the Opera de Paris, and numerous tours with Bach Collegium Japan in Europe, the United States, and Japan.
His 2021/22 season includes Telemaco in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse with I Gemelli (disc and concerts), A European tour of Händel’s Radamisto with Il Pomo d’Oro and Philippe Jaroussky, Campra’s Requiem with Les Arts Florissants, a staged production of a 17th century pasticcio Le Lacrime di Eros with Ensemble Pygmalion, directed by Romeo Castellucci at the Dutch National Opera, a program of Purcell Odes with Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, without forgetting the modern premiere of La Nitteti de Conforto with l’Orquestra Nereydas at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid.
Zachary’s discography includes several solo albums: Eternità d’amore (La Musica), with Josep M. Martí Duran, Amours Contrariées (Centaur) with Les Bostonades, and Balli e Sonate of Monteverdi and Rossi (Ricercar) with Ensemble Clematis. He has recorded extensively with the Boston Early Music Festival, including Händel’s Almira as Osman and their Grammy Award winning La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers as Tantalus (CPO). He can also be heard on Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria as Eurimaco with the English Baroque Soloists (Soli Deo Gloria), Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion and Saint John Passion with Bach Collegium Japan (BIS), Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau and a DVD of Monteverdi’s Orfeo with Les Arts Florissants, DVDs of Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine and Stravaganza d’amore with Ensemble Pygmalion (Chateau Versailles Spectacles), Zamponi’s Ulisse nell’isola di Circe (Ricercar) and Draghi’s El Prometeo, both as Mercurio with Cappella Mediterranea (Alpha), Montéclair’s Jepthé as Ammon with Orfeo Orchestra & Purcell Choir (Glossa), Félicien David’s Le Désert (Naïve) with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Bach’s Magnificat (ATMA) with Arion Baroque, and Rameau’s Zaïs (Aparté) with Les Talens Lyriques. Zachary will be featured later this year in a recording of works by John Dowland with La Chimera (La Musica) and a duo recital recording with Emiliano Gonzalez Toro.