Angus Wood


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Madama Butterfly, NZ Opera
“…The standout performance of the evening is Angus Wood as Pinkerton. He portrays Pinkerton as charismatic but entitled, out to get the best of what he can. From his first entrance he holds the stage and his vocal performance is rich, strong, and exhilarating. Wood gives us a performance that allows us to understand why Butterfly falls so deeply in love with him, not realising that he does not return or warrant the depth of her loyalty and affection. Their long duet at the end of Act I and Butterfly emerging from the cocoon of her wedding dress is beautiful and entrancing.”
Naomi van den Broek,, July 2015

“His Don Jose displayed soulful phrasing, balanced timbre and brilliant and powerful high notes.”
Mannheimer Morgen, 2012 

“He combined the power and splendour of a youthful heroic tenor with an intimate lyricism”
Opernnetz, 2011 

“Powerfully virile with an impeccable sense of style”
Die Deutsche Bühne, 2011 

Messiah, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
“Tenor Angus Wood began with a firm Ev'ry valley that set the standard: smooth-flowing but solid and assertively masculine in timbre.”
The Age, December 2007

Born in Australia, Angus Wood moved to London at an early age.  He was awarded a singing scholarship to the Royal College of Music, after which he returned to Australia, completing a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the University of Melbourne.  In 1993 Angus was invited to the 'National Vocal Symposium', under the tutelage of Ms Malena Malas, Dame Joan Sutherland and Luigi Alva.  He has been a member of both the Victorian State Opera and the Australian Opera young Artist Programs.  Angus was the recipient of the inaugural Silvia Fisher Award and the 2001 Sir Robert Askin Operatic Travelling Scholarship and the German Australian Opera Award in 2006.

Following his debut for Opera Australia in 1993 he sang many of the leading lyric baritone roles for the company, ranging from Papageno in The Magic Flute to Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande. The experience of singing Pelléas, a role often sung by a tenor, coupled with the advice and encouragement of Luciano Pavarotti and then Music Director of Opera Australia Simone Young, led Angus to re-study as a tenor enrolling at the University of Michigan, where he also completed his Masters of Music.Since then his roles in Australia and New Zealand have included Jupiter (Semele) for Pinchgut Opera; Cassio (Otello), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), and Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) with Opera Australia; Cavaradossi (Tosca), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Turiddu (Cavalleria Rusticana) for West Australian Opera; Anthony Hope (Sweeney Todd) and The Steuermann (The Flying Dutchman) for State Opera South Australia; Alfredo (La Traviata), Cavaradossi and Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) for Canterbury Opera.

Recently relocated to the United States, Angus has been a resident principal artist at the Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden, the Anhaltisches Theater in Dessau and from 2011–2015 at the theatre in Heidelberg, where his roles have included Radamès (Aida), Don José (Carmen) and Cavaradossi Gustavo (Un Ballo in Maschera).

Other performances in Europe include Radames (Aida) in Munich, Cavaradossi in Winterthur Switzerland, Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande), Der Mann in the world premiere of Johannes Harneit's  Abends am Fluss and Peter in Haas’ Morgen und Abend, all in Heidelberg as well as The Prince in Rusalka in Bern, Switzerland.

In 2015 Angus returned to Australia to sing Melot in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with Sydney Symphony Orchestra and to New Zealand to sing Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) for NBR New Zealand Opera. Last year he was invited to return to New Zealand Opera to perform the role of Boris in Katya Kabanova in Auckland and Wellington and in 2018 returns to Australia to sing the role of Merlot in Tristan and Isolde for West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande for Victorian Opera and again in 2019 to perform Cavaradossi for Opera queensland and Pinkerton for State Opera of south Australia.

Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Angus’ concert engagements have includedChekalinsky in Queen of Spades for Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Messiah for Sydney Philharmonia, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony for Sydney Philharmonia and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, New Year’s concerts with the Australian Pops and Australian Philharmonic Orchestras, Haydn’s Creation in Wiesbaden and a series of Handel concerts for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.  Angus also regularly performs in recital, including performances at Government House (Sydney Festival), the Art Gallery of NSW, Melbourne Federation Festival, Opera Under the Stars in Broome and Opera in the Vineyards. 

His portrayal of Boni in The Gypsy Princess for Opera Australia and the Narrator in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda were both recognised with nominations as Best Male Singer in a Principal Role, Green Room Awards and Best Male Performer in an Opera at the Helpmann Awards. 

Angus Wood is managed by Graham Pushee:
   October 2018
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