Honourary Doctor of Letters - Fall 2013
Canadian soprano Edith Wiens’ beautiful, versatile voice and assured musicality embrace an astonishingly vast repertoire from the baroque to the contemporary. She has collaborated with the world’s foremost conductors and orchestras, including the New York, Berlin, London, Munich and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras; Boston, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal and San Francisco Symphonies, the London Philharmonia, Dresden Staatskapelle and Cleveland Orchestras, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Orchestre National de France and Orchestre de Paris; under such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Sir Georg Solti.
Ms. Wiens has been welcomed at the Salzburg, Lucerne, Tanglewood, Dresden, Berlin and Vienna Festivals, and the London Proms. Renowned as a lieder singer of the highest order, Ms. Wiens has given recitals in London (Wigmore Hall), Paris, Toronto, New York, Moscow, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Buenos Aires, Frankfurt, Florence, Munich and Berlin, and has been repeatedly invited to Vienna’s Musikverein. Her operatic appearances included principal Mozart roles at Glyndebourne, La Scala, the Santa Fe Opera, Amsterdam Opera, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon.
A recipient of both the Grammy and Diapason d’Or Awards, Ms. Wiens’ discography includes works of Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Zemlinsky, Schumann and Wagner and four acclaimed CDs of Lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Strauss, and Zemlinsky’s Lyrical Symphony with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Ms. Wiens was born in Saskatoon and has extended family living in Saskatchewan. When she sang a recital in Saskatoon some years ago there was a celebratory feeling to the event as she was sharing her gifts in her first home.
Ms. Wiens is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has received several honorary degrees. She is a jury member of international competitions such as ARD Munich, Bertelsmann Neue Stimmen, Montreal and Geneva. She has held master classes in Europe and North America, including the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School in London, the Young Ensembles of the Munich, Frankfurt and Dresden opera houses, in Salzburg and Vienna, at Ravinia, and at the University of Saskatchewan. Ms. Wiens is also the artistic director of the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie. She joined the Vocal Arts faculty of The Juilliard School three years ago.
Ms. Wiens lives in New York and Munich with her cellist husband Kai Moser. Their sons are acclaimed musicians Johannes Moser (cello) and Benjamin Moser (piano).