Baritone Donald Wilkinson enjoys a distinguished career in concert, opera, oratorio, recital and contemporary music, and has appeared throughout the United States and Canada.
He made his European debut performing the role of Dionysos in the World premiere of Theodore Antoniou’s opera, The Bacchae, at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Since that debut, he has appeared in Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Germany, France, England and Holland. Mr. Wilkinson has performed as soloist with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood and the Handel and Haydn Society (a U.S. tour of Bach’s Missa Brevis in G Minor) and the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Evansville, Jacksonville, Springfield (MA), Portland (ME), and Vermont.
Since 1984, he has been a soloist in Emmanuel Music’s famed Bach Cantata Series, under the direction of the late Craig Smith and presently under the direction of John Harbison. This season marks his 25th anniversary with Emmanuel Music. Highly sought after for his interpretations of Bach, in 2003 he made his debut at the Northwest Bach Festival (Spokane) in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Mozart’s Requiem under the direction of Gunther Schuller. He has also appeared at the Bach Festivals of Carmel and Philadelphia, and is featured on Emmanuel Music’s recordings (Koch International Classics) of Bach’s Christmas Cantatas, St. John Passion (1725 version) and Cantatas for the 1st and 2nd Sundays after Trinity.
His Discography also includes the role of President Abraham Lincoln in the World Premiere recording of Eric Sawyer’s Our American Cousin on BMOP Sound, the title role on the internationally acclaimed Johnny Johnson by Kurt Weill on Erato Disques, Angels with the Boston Camerata (Erato), John Harbison’s Recordare on Koch International Classics, David Patterson’s song cycle Last Words on Albany Records and the recently released The Jesuit Operas with Ensemble Abendmusik on Dorian Recordings.
In 1990 he was awarded a fellowship to Tanglewood. Mr. Wilkinson teaches voice at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Phillips Academy, Andover. He also maintains a private studio at his residence in Nahant, Massachusetts.