Sydney Eisteddfod Alumni Valda Wilson. Photo: Steven Carnarius
Soprano Valda Wilson performed on many great stages throughout her career but probably didn’t imagine she would be singing while hooked up to a bungee rope bouncing around on stage.
The Sydney Eisteddfod winner of the Best Soprano Award in 2007, is playing Lucy in a new show at The Concourse on February 17 and 18 titled The Carnival. She shares the stage with other Sydney Eisteddfod alumni including fire-eating violinist Sonja Schebeck, pianist Van-Anh Nguyen and vocalist Michaela Leisk.
In the production, a circus opera by Chloe Charody, Valda is among a group of four lead singers, a contortionist, a tightrope walker and aerial performers on silks, aerial umbrella, static trapeze, silks and lycra.
“Composer Chloe Charody writes some of the most beautiful contemporary music I have ever heard with big atmospheric lines, sweeping harmonies and arching melodies … then suddenly we’ll hop over into a funky half-spoken/half-sung number about partying hard with a pair of enthusiastic Transylvanian bats,” she said.
Since her Sydney Eisteddfod win almost 10 years ago, Valda spent two years at the Semperoper, Dresden, singing alongside stars like Quinn Kelsey, Renee Fleming, Marcello Giordani, Anna Netrebko in what she calls “an extraordinary kickstart” to her career.
“Richard Bonynge asked me to be the only soloist at the memorial service for his wife, the legendary and magnificent Dame Joan Sutherland. This is an honour I will treasure forever,” she said.
Valda has been living and working Germany for the past six years and also had the opportunity to pursue performing chamber music with some of the best ensembles in Europe. She recently performed the title role in Handel’s Theodora in Sydney for Pinchgut Opera.
After The Carnival, Valda is returning to Germany to rehearse for the role of Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, in Ulm. She will be back in Australia for a soprano solo in Beethoven’s epic Symphony No. 9 with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.