Paula Goodman-Wilder

Most recently heard as Minnie in Berkeley Opera’s Girl of the Golden West (July 2006), Paula Goodman Wilder made many debuts during the 2005 and 2006 seasons; appearing for the first time with Opera Santa Barbara (Minnie, April 2006), West Bay Opera (Manon Lescaut, February 2006), Opera Fresca (Merry Widow, May 2005) and North Bay Opera (The Consul, March 2005). She also covered the role of Curra in Forza del Destino for San Francisco Opera (Fall 2005), sang Lady Macbeth with Berkeley Opera (May 2005) and made her German début as Leonora in Il Trovatore in the prestigious Berlin Konzerthaus, in concert with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Cottbus Staatstheater (March 2006)

Her 2001-2004 seasons were spent in Germany auditioning and preparing Verdian Repertoire with Stewart Emerson, head of the opera program at the “Hanns Eissler” Academy of Music in Berlin; and with Leo Siberski, former assistant to Daniel Barenboim.

In previous years Goodman Wilder appeared with many companies on both US coasts. Performances with West Coast opera companies included the Pacific Repertory Opera (Foreign Woman), Berkeley Opera (Berthalde in Undine, Fiordiligi, Musetta), San Francisco Lyric Opera (Desdemona), Golden Gate Opera (Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera), Livermore Valley Opera (Fiordiligi), and Berkeley Contemporary Opera (Elder Sister in Stephen Oliver’s Beauty and the Beast).

In New York, Goodman Wilder sang the role of Octavie in Massenet’s Cléopâtre, and Ariane in Paul Dukas’ Ariane et Barbe-bleue --both with Gabriel Guimaraes’ Opera Manhattan. Other appearances included Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos) with the Singing Actor’s Atelier, conducted by Christopher Fecteau, Cathleen in Vaughan-Williams’ Riders to the Sea with David Leighton’s Opera Works (not to be confused with Opera Works workshops), Mélisande in Pélléas et Mélisande with American Landmarks Festival (Michel Singher conducting); Marguerite, Donna Elvira and Mimì.

Oratorio, Symphony and Chamber Music

Goodman Wilder was featured as soloist in the Poulenc Gloria with the Berkeley Community Chorus (Dec 2005), the Schubert Mass in G for Saint Helena Chamber Singers (Dec 2004), the Verdi Requiem (2002), Brahms Requiem (1999), and Bernstein Jeremiah Symphony (2001) all with the Mendocino Music Festival. Chamber Music performances have included the Ravel Trois Chansons de Mallarmé, and Stravinsky Three Japanese Lyrics with chamber orchestra for the Mendocino Music Festival (2006).

Upcoming Engagements

Upcoming engagements include Tatiana in Eugene Onegin for North Bay Opera, Minnie in Fanciulla del West for Rimrock Opera in Billings, Montana, October 2007; and Beethoven's Ninth with the Auburn Symphony in the Mondavi Center, UC Davis, on April 29, 2007, and the Janacek Concert for the Mendocino Music Festival in July


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