Tosca, Opera Queensland
“Angus Wood sang Cavaradossi with clarion tenor tones, vocally delivering the best performance of the night”
Eric Scott, Stage Whispers, June 2019.
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.”
Naomi van den Broek, Theatrereview.org.nz, July 2019
“His Don Jose displayed soulful phrasing, balanced timbre and brilliant and powerful high notes.”
Mannheimer Morgen, 2012
“Powerfully virile with an impeccable sense of style”
Die Deutsche Bühne, 2011
Born in Australia, Angus Wood moved to London at an early age. He was awarded a singing scholarship from 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 Master of Music.Since then his roles in Australia and New Zealand have included Jupiter (Semele) for Pinchgut Opera; Cassio (Otello), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Narrator in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda 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 (Tosca)and Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) for Canterbury Opera.
After 11 years based in Germany, in 2016 Angus relocated to the United States before the birth of his first child. Whilst in Germany Angus was a resident principal artist at the Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden, the Anhaltisches Theater in Dessau and the Theater Heidelberg. His roles during this period included Alfredo (La Traviata), Arbace (Idomeneo), Sou Chong (The Land of Smiles), Dr Siedler (Im Weissen Rössl), August Kuhbrot (Der Vetter aus Dingsda) Tamino, Erste Priester and Geharnischter Mann (Die Zauberflöte), Alfredo (Die Fledermaus), Maler (Lulu), and Melot (Tristan und Isolde), Riccardo (Un Ballo in Maschera), Golitzin (Chowantschina), title roles in The Protagonist and Candide, Pong (Turandot), Rodney Hatch (One Touch of Venus), Lorenzo (La Muette de Portici), Piquillo (La Périchole), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande), Der Mann in the world premiere of Johannes Harneit's Abends am Fluss and Peter in Haas’ Morgen und Abend.
Other performances in Europe included Radames (Aida) in Munich, Cavaradossi in Winterthur Switzerland as well as The Prince (Rusalka) in Bern, Switzerland and Alfredo (Die Fledermaus) for Europe’s largest operetta festival in Mörbisch, Austria
Throughout the time based in Germany, Angus returned to Australia and New Zealand regularly each year to perform including to New Zealand to sing Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) for NBR New Zealand Opera. He was invited to return to New Zealand Opera to perform the role of Boris in Katya Kabanova in Auckland and Wellington in 2017. More recently Angus has returned to Australia to sing the roles of Melot in Tristan and Isolde for West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande for Victorian Opera, Cavaradossi (Tosca) for Opera Queensland and Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) for State Opera 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’ recordings include Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with West Australia Symphony Orchestra for ABC Classics, La muette de Portici, and Die Fledermaus at Seefestspiele Mörbisch on DVD.
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