Berkshire Choral International

Gary Thor Wedow

Seattle Opera, New York City Opera, The Juilliard School

Gary Thor Wedow has established an enviable reputation for dramatically exciting and historically informed performances with opera companies, orchestras, festivals, and choral organizations throughout North America. In December of 2012, he debuted with the New York Philharmonic conducting Messiah, an occasion noted in the New York Times for ‘a fleet, lithe orchestral performance, aptly complemented by the buoyant singing of the chorus’. Hailed by the Baltimore Sun for “hot music making” and “convincingly elegant period style” in Opera News, Maestro Wedow’s 2014-2015 season includes a return to Seattle Opera for two productions: Don Giovanni in the fall and Handel’s Semele in the winter. Back in New York, he will again be on the podium for the New York Philharmonic’s performances of Messiah at Avery Fisher Hall in December and also conducts Handel’s masterpiece for the Santa Fe Symphony.

Born in La Porte, Indiana, and now a resident of New York City, Wedow has been a member of the Juilliard School faculty since 1994 and has led performances there of L’incoronazione di Poppea, La finta giardiniera, Ariodante and Don Giovanni. A musical scholar as well as conductor, he has prepared several performing editions of baroque works in collaboration with countertenor Lawrence Lipnik. His long association with director Stephen Wadsworth has included productions of Handel’s Xerxes, Ariodante and Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride.

Wedow has been a frequent guest of Florida Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glimmerglass Opera, Berkshire Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Amherst Early Music Festival and Pittsburgh Opera among others. His wide ranging repertoire includes Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, both Sartorio’s and Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Patience, La bohème, The Rake’s Progress, Pirates of Penzance and several world premieres including The Loathly Lady with libretto by Wendy Steiner, music by Paul Richards. Choral masterpieces and symphonic repertoire have taken him to the podiums of Orchestra London – Ontario, Phoenix Symphony, Edmonton Symphony and Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society where he was, for many years, Associate Conductor. As a pianist, Wedow studied with virtuoso Jorge Bolet at Indiana University School of Music and received his Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory.

Works conducted at BCI

  • Brahms, Liebeslieder Walzer, 2012 Mondsee
  • Haydn, Paukenmesse, 2012 Salzburg
  • Pinkham, Wedding Cantata, 2012 Mondsee
  • Schubert, Mirjams Siegegesang, 2012 Mondsee
  • Anton Dvořák, Requiem, 2016
  • Bach, St. Matthew Passion, 2009
  • Bach, Mass in B Minor, 2005
  • Verdi, Aida: Excerpts, 2000
  • Rossini, William Tell: Excerpts, 2000
  • Mascagni, Iris: Excerpts, 2000
  • Haydn, Paukenmesse, 2012 Mondsee
  • Mozart, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, 2003 Santa Fe
  • Handel, Four Coronation Anthems, 2003 Santa Fe