With “a gorgeous, profoundly expressive instrument,” and as “a bejeweled lyric soprano with an exquisite top register,” American soprano Teresa Wakim is perhaps best known as “a perfect early music voice.” Upon completion of her studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, Wakim was soon named a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow at Emmanuel Music in Boston, and won First Prize in the International Soloist Competition for Early Music in Brunnenthal, Austria. The last several seasons, she made solo debuts at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Grand Théâtre de Provence, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Opéra Royal at Versailles. Wakim has appeared with many of the nation’s premier orchestras. She has sung Bach’s Weichet nur betrübte Schatten (Wedding Cantata) and Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer with The Cleveland Orchestra; Handel’s Messiah with the Charlotte, Tucson, Alabama and San Antonio symphonies; Bach’s Missa brevis with the San Francsico Symphony, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate with New World Symphony; Vivaldi’s In furore iustissime irae with San Antonio Symphony; Bach’s Mass in B minor with Louisiana Philharmonic, Orff’s Carmina Burana with Boston Landmarks Orchestra and Brahm’s German Requiem with the Omaha Symphony.
Wakim’s affinity for the Baroque has brought her much success as a frequent soloist with many of the world’s best period instrument ensembles, including the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Wiener Akademie, the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Baroque, Dallas Bach Society, Pacific Musicworks, Early Music Vancouver, Handel Choir of Baltimore, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, Tragicomedia and Mercury Baroque Orchestra. She has portrayed and recorded multiple operas from Monteverdi to Mozart, specializing in operas of the French Baroque with the Boston Early Music Festival, and sang the roles of Flore, Aréthuse, and Daphne on their 2015 GRAMMY-Winning Best Opera Recording of Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs. She can also be heard on numerous recordings with the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Early Music Festival, Musik Ekklesia and Seraphic Fire. More information at www.teresawakim.com