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Wilson, Kalil Tenor
Kalil Wilson, tenor, has sung on a wide variety of stages, from the Metropolitan Opera in New York to Walt Disney Hall, the Getty Center, and the premiere jazz venues of Los Angeles.

He has performed many lead tenor roles and oratorio with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, Oakland East Bay Symphony, California Philharmonic Orchestra, Mendocino Music Festival, Opera UCLA, and the U.C. Berkeley and UCLA Symphony Orchestras.

A recent magna cum laude graduate of the Vocal Music and Ethnomusicology Departments at UCLA, where he was a Gluck Foundation fellow, Wilson received early training at the U.C. Berkeley Young Musicians Program and the Oakland Youth Chorus. As a passion, he leads his own music ensemble, performing historic jazz, R&B, and pop standards.

With the Los Angeles Opera, he sang the lead role of Raúl in Holdridge’s Journey to Cordoba, and this year will premiere a new lead role that has been composed for him. In two seasons at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, he sang the title role in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring and the lead tenor role of Egeo in Cavalli’s Giasone. With the Oakland East Bay Symphony, he was tenor soloist in Dvorák’s Stabat Mater and in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. He has performed the lead tenor roles of Leonardo in the world premiere of Ian Krouse's Lorca, Child of the Moon, Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Il Contino Belfiore in Mozart's La finta giardiniera, Gonzalve in Ravel's L'heure espagnole, and Cavaliere Belfiore in Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims.

Wilson has been honored with many competitive awards and fellowships, including First Place in the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Western Region Auditions, Finalist in the José Iturbi International Vocal Competition, a two-year Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, First Place in the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert competition, and First Place in the Los Angeles Young Artists of the Future competition.

Wilson enjoys singing a variety of genres, including musical theater, spirituals, jazz, pop, and world music, and sometimes performs with his father, Nigerian bandleader Babá Ken Okulolo. In Los Angeles, Kalil teaches private voice lessons under the mentorship of the renowned Seth Riggs.

Buffs Performance(s): 5/27/07, 3/05/06, 4/24/04
Grants awarded: Easy to Love (Various)

Website: kalilwilson.com

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