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.
Although she took a more traditional route educationally, Courteney began taking voice lessons and acting lessons while she was in graduate school working on her MBA. She made her first public appearance in a recital of art songs and show tunes at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. While working as a corporate market insights professional, Courteney continued her studies, traveling to Rome to learn Italian and to Spoleto Italy to participate in the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium, an opera summer singing program. Upon her return, she worked with Martina Arroyo for a year in her Role Preparation Studio preparing the roles of Leonora from Il Trovatore and Donna Anna from Don Giovanni. Additionally, she attended the Florida Grand Advanced Role Preparation program with Bernard Uzan and Diana Soviero, also a well known Metropolitan Opera soprano. Shortly after finishing that program, Courteney appeared in her first opera in the title role of Suor Angelica with New York Opera Forum. She continued her training with New York Opera Forum performing the roles of Leonora from Il Trovatore, and the title role from Aida.
Holding 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 has 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).
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