With a commanding vocal presence and a captivating musical finesse, American tenor Zachary Wilder emerges as an exemplary interpreter of 17th and 18th-century repertoires, spanning from Monteverdi to Mozart. His artistry has garnered demand from esteemed conductors and ensembles on both sides of the Atlantic, perfectly embodying the fervor of grand sacred masterworks and the opulence of operatic performances, with a widely acclaimed stage presence.
He now collaborates with a constellation of well known ensembles such as Pygmalion, Les Arts Florissants, L'Arpeggiata, Les Talens Lyriques, Le Concert d'Astrée, the Boston Early Music Festival, Bach Collegium Japan, the Handel & Haydn Society, Nederlandse Bach Vereniging, and Nederlands Kamerkoor. His associations with the latter two formations frequently culminate in extensive tours, notably as the Evangelist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio under the baton of Christophe Rousset in 2022.
Beyond the confines of the beauties of early music, his collaborations with symphony orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, allow him to tackle later repertoires. Notable performances include Vaughan-Williams' On Wenlock Edge and Britten's Nocturne with the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra, and the role of Mark in Frank Zappa's 200 Motels, first at the Musica Festival in Strasbourg and later at the Philharmonie in Paris. Maintaining an ever-curious musical spirit, Zachary portrayed the Spirit of Light in The Tale of Genji at Tokyo's legendary Kabukiza Theater, under the direction of Ebizo Ichikawa.
Recent seasons have been punctuated by significant undertakings, including the expansive Monteverdi 450 tour led by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Händel's Radamisto with Il Pomo d'Oro conducted by Francesco Corti, with whom a solid collaboration has been established, as evidenced by the August 2023 production of Purcell's The Fairy Queen at the Drottningholm Opera. He triumphantly interpreted the role of Erinda in the revival of Sartorio's L’Orfeo at the Opéra de Montpellier, directed by Philippe Jaroussky and staged by Benjamin Lazar. Noteworthy collaborations also encompass Zachary's portrayal of Basilio in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro alongside Raphaël Pichon as well as of Agenore in Mozart's Il Re Pastore at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, conducted by Christina Pluhar.
Zachary’s 2023/2024 season promises remarkable intensity. Highlights include his role as Telemaco in Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, in partnership with the esteemed tenor and conductor Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, featuring an extensive tour across prominent European cities (Toulouse, Brussels, Barcelona, Madrid, Tours, Nantes, Bordeaux etc.). Additionally, he will participate in a tour of the Saint Matthew Passion with the Freiburger Barockorchester (Montpellier, Paris, Barcelona, Budapest, Zurich, Seoul, etc.) conducted by Francesco Corti, as well as his return to the Christmas Oratorio with the Nederlands Kamerkoor and the Concerto Köln led by Peter Dijkstra. A revival of Il Re Pastore at Müpa in Budapest, under the baton of Christina Pluhar, sees Zachary returning to the role of Agenore.
His expansive discography encompasses over forty recordings for esteemed labels including Ricercar, CPO, Soli Deo Gloria, Harmonia mundi, Glossa, Atma, and Aparté with the direction of luminaries such as William Christie, John Eliot Gardiner, Masaaki Suzuki, Christophe Rousset, and Raphaël Pichon. Notably, his special partnership with Ensemble I Gemelli has yielded exceptional recordings of Monteverdi's Orfeo and Il Ritorno d'Ulisse, alongside the critically acclaimed A Room of Mirrors, which gathers arias and duets from the Italian Seicento, and elicited ethusiastically rave reviews from the press.