Conductor Gary Thor Wedow has established an enviable reputation for dramatically exciting and historically informed performances with opera companies, orchestras, festivals, and choral organizations throughout North America. In December of 2012, he debuted with the New York Philharmonic conducting Messiah, an occasion noted in the New York Times for ‘a fleet, lithe orchestral performance, aptly complemented by the buoyant singing of the chorus’. Hailed by the Baltimore Sun for ‘hot music making’ and ‘convincingly elegant period style’ in Opera News, some of his most recent successes include Gluck’s Orphée and Die Zauberflöte for the Seattle Opera, Le donne curiose for Wolf Trap Opera and Agrippina for Boston Lyric Opera. Maestro Wedow has been closely associated with New York City Opera for many years; most recently he led their Don Giovanni in the Christopher Alden production and last May conducted the New York premiere of Telemann’s Orpheus. He was in Wisconsin for Madison Opera’s ‘Opera in the Park’ and recently conducted the Berkshire Choral Society in Salzburg and Mondsee. Highlights of his 2012-2013 season include La finta giardiniera for the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Xerxes for Indiana University, Rinaldo for Portland Opera with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Die Fledermaus for Virginia Opera, Messiah for the Alabama Symphony and a return to Seattle Opera for a double bill of La voix humaine and Suor Angelica.
Born in LaPorte, Indiana and now a resident of New York City, he has been a member of the Juilliard School faculty since 1994 and has led performances there of L’incoronazione di Poppea, La finta giardiniera and Agrippina, and most recently, Don Giovanni. He has prepared several performing editions of baroque works in collaboration with countertenor Lawrence Lipnik. His long association with director Stephen Wadsworth has included productions of Handel’s Xerses, Ariodante and Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride.
Wedow has been a frequent guest of Florida Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glimmerglass Opera, Berkshire Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Amherst Early Music Festival and Pittsburgh Opera among others. His wide ranging repertoire includes Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, both Sartorio’s and Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, Patience, La bohème, The Rake’s Progress and several world premieres. The choral masterpieces and symphonic repertoire have taken him to the podiums of the Seattle Symphony, Orchestra London and Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society where he was, for many years, Associate Conductor. As a pianist, Wedow studied with virtuoso Jorge Bolet.