Erin Wood, Alto Soloist, Sings Puccini & Beethoven for January BCSO Concert!

El Camino College’s very own Erin Wood is featured in Beach Cities Symphony’s January 31st concert!

Erin Wood, Alto Soloist
El Camino College voice faculty member & BCSO January 2020 soloist, Erin Wood, Alto

Alto soloist Erin Wood’s portrayals of Verdi and Wagner heroines have received praise for her “soaring soprano,” her“immense voice full of grit at the bottom and transcendent radiance at the top” and her “volcanic outpouring of sound.” For Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ms. Wood has portrayed Sieglinde in “Die Walküre,” Lisa in “Queen of Spades,” Gutrune/Third Norn in “Götterdämmerung” as well as 9 other roles since her tenure with their Ryan Opera Center. She has been seen as Amelia in “Un Ballo in Maschera” with the San Francisco Opera and Opera Colorado, and proudly joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for “Die Walküre.”

She has been featured with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Anchorage Opera, Opera Pacific, Opera Grand Rapids, Toledo Opera, the Grant Park and Ravinia Music Festivals, as well as the Milwaukee, Macon, Bakersfield, Pacific and Lake Forest Symphonies. Concert engagements include Verdi: Requiem with the London Symphony Chorus, concert performances of Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder, Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Mahler: Fourth Symphony, Brahms: Requiem, Strauss: Four Last Songs, Handel: Messiah, Beethoven: Ninth Symphony and Humperdinck: Haensel und Gretel. Awards for Ms. Wood include the George London Foundation’s Kirsten Flagstad Award for up-and-coming Wagnerian singers, and she was a finalist at the Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competition for Wagnerian Singers in Aalborg, Denmark. Ms. Wood has performed with Beach Cities Symphony on several occasions over the past twenty years. She is an alumna of UCLA, is seen weekly on the Hour of Power and is a member of the El Camino College voice faculty.