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
Ever since she was a child growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Courteney Lynn Wilds knew she was destined to be an entertainer. Whether singing in the mirror when she was young, or gracing the stage at Lincoln Center, Ms. Wilds embodies the talent, drive and tenacity of a successful performer.
Beginning her career in opera, Ms. Wilds made her professional debut in 2006 with Regina Opera Company, Brooklyn, New York’s oldest opera company. Singing the role of Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi, she received critical acclaim. She then performed with Amici Opera in Pennsylvania, Hudson Opera Theater in Upstate New York and again at Regina where she performed the title role of Tosca. Additionally, she performed in concerts across the tri-state area including the Trenton War Memorial, Merkin Hall, New York State Theater and CAMI Hall in Manhattan. She has been described as possessing a solid, expressive voice capable of many colors and a talented actress with excellent stage presence and personal charisma.
Expanding her performance horizons, Ms. Wilds made her acting debut in 2008 with Genesis Repertory Theater, a Shakespearean theater company. She performed in Arias and Sonnets: Scenes from Shakespeare where she performed Kate from Taming of the Shrew, Emilia from Othello, and Ophelia from Hamlet. In 2010 she performed the role of The Nurse from Romeo and Juliet to critical acclaim. She also performed the role of Mrs. Dickson in Intimate Apparel with the Readers Ensemble. In 2012 she made her debut with the Dunbar Repertory Theater, an African American theater company in New Jersey, as The Lady in Yellow from For Colored Girls. Continuing her tenure with the company, she performed as Bessie Smith from Blues of the Empress, and was a featured soloist in Dunbar’s productions of God’s Trombones and Black Nativity at Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ.
With all venues shut down due to the pandemic, Ms. Wilds self-produced a 15-minute YouTube show called WildDiva MusicFest, where she performs various types of music for different seasons – WinterFest, and SummerFest. And she launched a new music brand called WildDiva Music which produces musical online shows that range from performance to drama to lifestyle shows.
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 and musical theater’s most sought after instructors including Judith Coen, Arthur Levy and Gina Beck. She’s participated in workshops with Metropolitan Opera stars Martina Arroyo and Diana Soviero. And performed under the baton of the late Alejandro Guzman, Ron DeFesi and William Hobbs. She’s a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).