Wilds also has a strong sense of declamatory utterance which opera goers have searched for in vain since the days of Milanov, Price and Tebaldi.
- Nino Pantano, The Italian Voice
As an award-winning corporate manager turned opera singer, Courteney Lynn Wilds has become a consummate singer, actor, director and producer. With a variety of styles which show her consistent vocal command, Martina Arroyo from The Metropolitan Opera described her as “possessing a solid, expressive voice capable of many colors and a talented actress with excellent stage presence and personal charisma.”
Known for musical integrity and dramatic force, Ms. Wilds made her professional opera debut in 2006 with Regina Opera, Brooklyn, New York’s oldest opera company, as Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera. Performing to critical acclaim, she went on to perform the title role from Aida with Amici Opera in Philadelphia. She then returned to Regina Opera the following season performing the title role from Tosca also to critical acclaim. She was cast as Madame Lidoine in Hudson Opera Theater’s production of Dialogues des Carmelites. She also appeared in the acclaimed and celebrated performance of Margaret Garner at New York City Opera.
Around the same time that she was making her mark on the opera stage, Ms. Wilds also performed in concerts and solo recitals in both New York and New Jersey. Notable engagements include Sounds and Sweet Airs: Shakespeare in Song at Merkin Hall, solo recitals for various non-profit organizations including the American Diabetes Association, Manalapan Arts Council, and the Young Singers of Darlington. She was also the soprano soloist of major oratorio works including The Messiah and The Seven Last Words of Christ with Freehold Community Choirs in New Jersey. She expanded her repertoire to include blues, performing with Granny’s Blue-mers, a bawdy blues review, at The Duplex, a well-known cabaret club in Greenwich Village, NY.
Expanding her career to include theater acting, Ms. Wilds made her acting debut in 2008 with Genesis Repertory Theater, a Shakespearean theater company, in Arias and Sonnets: Scenes from Shakespeare where she performed Kate from Taming of the Shrew and Emilia from Othello. She was cast as Mrs. Dickson from Intimate Apparel by Lynn Notage with The Readers Ensemble Company. Then she returned to Genesis performing the role of The Nurse in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. In 2012 she began working with the Dunbar Repertory Theater, an African-American theater company in New Jersey where she performed as The Lady in Yellow from For Colored Girls, Bessie Smith from Blues of the Empress, and as a featured soloist in both God’s Trombones and Black Nativity.
Ms. Wilds trained as a director with Regina Opera for two seasons. She was the assistant director/stage manager for their productions of La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Lucia DiLammermoor, Don Giovanni and Faust. She was also an assistant director with Genesis Repertory on their production of Hamlet. She made her directorial debut with Opera Manhattan with their fully staged performance of La Traviata. She has directed fully staged scenes and concerts throughout the New York City area.
Ms. Wilds is the Executive Director and Executive Producer of The Classical Voice Company LLC, a vocal production company located in New Jersey. Since 2005, The Classical Voice Company has produced staged opera scenes, recitals, and television shows including The Opera Den, Cooking A'Capella and her own talk show, The Diva Report, which debuted on Bric Media Arts television in New York. Although originally slated for the fall of 2020, The Classical Voice Company along with its parent, CourtLynn Entertainment, Inc. will present the one woman show Vocal Voyages which encompasses six genres of music including opera, jazz and blues in early 2021.
With a BA in Biology Pre-Med from Hampton University and an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers Business School, Ms. Wilds gained her vocal training through private study with some of the opera's most sought after instructors including Judith Coen, Arthur Levy, Mitchell Cirker and Susan Morton. She’s participated in workshops with Metropolitan Opera stars Martina Arroyo and Diana Soviero. And performed under the baton of Alejandro Guzman, Ron DeFesi and William Hobbs. She’s a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)