Soprano Erin Wood in Recital at the El Camino College Center for the Arts
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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“Superb singing… she possesses a rich, full soprano that is consistently strong from top to bottom of her range.” -Denver Post
“Soprano Erin Wood… looked and sounded good enough to perform roles at any top opera house in the country… Wood could be the next Eileen Farrell.” -Chicago Tribune
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It is easy to see why soprano Erin Wood is in demand with major American opera houses. A graduate of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Center for American Artists and recent winner of the George London Foundations Kirsten Flagstad Award, Wood has been asked to step in for an indisposed Deborah Voigt both as Sieglinde in Wagner’s Die Walkuere with Lyric Opera and as Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera with San Francisco Opera to fantastic successes. With Lyric, Ms. Wood has also been seen as Lisa in The Queen of Spades, Berta in _Il Barbiere di Siviglia, First Nursemaid in Street Scene_, Mrs. Gleaton in_ Susannah,_ Ortlinde in _Die Walküre, _Gutrune and the Third Norn in _Goetterdaemmerung, Lady-in waiting in Macbeth _and was a featured artist in the company’s first-ever free concert at Grant Park.
She has been featured with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Opera Colorado, Opera Grand Rapids, Toledo Opera, Music Academy of the West,the Angeles Chorale, the Grant Park and Ravinia Music Festivals, as well as the Milwaukee and Lake Forest Symphonies. Ms. Wood has been seen in recital in Chicago for the Dame Myra Hess Foundation and in New York with the Marilyn Horne Foundation. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from UCLA where she is now completing her doctoral dissertation. Before becoming a soprano she sang mezzo leads in many UCLA Opera productions; her professional debut was as Mary in Der fliegende Hollaender with Opera Pacific. Other awards include the Rose M. Grundman Prize from the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation, the Edith Newfield Prize from Chicago’s Musician’s Club of Women, Third Prize in the Metropolitan Central Region Finals, Palm Springs Opera Guild First Prize Winner and Lee Schaenen Foundation and Liberace Foundation scholarships. Recent engagements include Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera for both San Francisco Opera and Opera Colorado. Last season she covered Leonora in La Forza del Destino for San Francisco Opera and Marianne Leitmetzerin in Der Rosenkavalier for Lyric Opera of Chicago, and sang her first “Liebestod” for Toledo Opera’s 2006 Opera Gala. Erin and her husband Keith keep busy with toddler Elliott, and live in Southern California.