Donald Wilkinson enjoys a distinguished career in concert, opera, oratorio, recital, and contemporary music, and has appeared throughout the United States and Canada. He made his European debut performing the role of Dionysos in the world premiere of Theodore Antoniou's opera, The Bacchae, at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Since that debut he has appeared in Finland, Sweden, Germany, France, England, and Holland. Mr. Wilkinson has performed as a soloist with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood and the Handel and Haydn Society (a US tour of Bach's Missa Brevis in G Minor), and the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Evansville, Jacksonville, Springfield (Massachusetts), Portland (Maine), and Vermont. Since 1984, he has been a soloist in Emmanuel Music's famed Bach Cantata Series, formerly under the direction of Craig Smith.

Highly sought after for his interpretations of Bach, in 2003 he made his debut at the Northwest Bach Festival (Spokane) in Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Mozart's Requiem under the direction of Gunther Schuller. He has also appeared at the Bach festivals of Carmel and Philadelphia, and is featured on Emmanuel Music's recordings (Koch International Classics) of Bach's Christmas Cantatas (Koch International Classics). His discography also includes the title role on the internationally acclaimed Johnny Johnson by Kurt Weill (on Erato Disques), Angels with the Boston Camerata (Erato), John Harbison's Recordare on (Koch International Classics), David Patterson's song cycle Last Words (on Albany Records) and the recently released The Jesuit Operas with Ensemble Abendmusik (on Dorian Recordings). In 1990, he was awarded a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Festival. Mr. Wilkinson teaches voice at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Phillips Academy Andover.


John Knowles Paine Hall at Harvard University | March 21, 2003