Caramoor
Ernesto /
Il Pirata
July, 2017

"As Ernesto, Harold Wilson, a stentorian bass, sang with impressive focus, carrying power and quiet charisma."
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times (full review)

"As the third side of the tragic triangle, Imogene's husband Ernesto, bass Harold Wilson made an imposing foe for Gualtiero, his suave voice making the piece's villain somehow charismatic and even a bit sympathetic."
Richard Sasanow, Broadway World (full review)

"Wilson as Imogene’s unloved husband and Gualtiero’s arch enemy Ernesto sang with imposing tonal thrust and confidence with a rock solid high F; for a bass he handled this baritone role with surprising ease."
—Eli Jacobson, Gay City News (full review)

"Harold Wilson, a virile, growling bass with energy and flavor…"
John Yohalem, Parterre Box (full review)

"Harold Wilson sang the role of Ernesto, Duke of Caldora (and Imogene’s husband) with a strong voice that projected authority."
James L. Paulk, Classical Voice America (full review)

"Harold Wilson lent his profound bass to the role of Ernesto."
Gregory Moomjy, Bachtrack (full review)

"As Ernesto, the villain of the piece, Harold Wilson poured out warm, firm sound in his entrance aria, to the audience’s delight."
Fred Cohn, Opera News (full review)

"As the heavy in this triangle, bass Harold Wilson brought a ferocious, macho character to Ernesto."
Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal (full review)
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Caramoor
Opening Night Concert
June, 2017

"Bass Harold Wilson strutted heartily through the “Air du Tambour-Major” from Thomas’ “Le Caïd,” with range and voice to burn."

Eli Jacobson,
Gay City News (full review)
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Opera Delaware
Oroe /
Semiramide
April, 2017

"The first voice one hears is that of Indiana-trained bass Harold Wilson, active in recent years in Germany and the US. It is so resonant and full that one is tempted to refocus the entire drama on the high priest."

Andrew Moravcsik, Opera Today (full review)
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Opera Delaware
Polonio /
Amleto
May, 2016

“Harold Wilson…[was] among the other strong cast members. Casting directors take note.”

Anne Midgette, Washington Post (full review)
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Opera Colorado
Ramfis /
Aida
November, 2015

“Bass Harold Wilson was most notable for his uncompromising portrayal of the high priest Ramfis.”

Kelly Dean Hansen, Boulder Daily Camera (full review)
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Opera Colorado
Sarastro /
Die Zauberflöte
May, 2015

"Bass Harold Wilson plays the high priest Sarastro in a remarkably unpretentious way, giving the character an almost Zen-like aura….Wilson was particularly affecting in the aria "In diesen heiligen Hallen."

Kelly Dean Hansen, Boulder Daily Camera (full review)
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Tulsa Opera
Friar Lawrence /
Roméo et Juliette
February, 2015

“Harold Wilson’s equally powerful, if more gently employed, bass gave his Friar Lawrence dignity and compassion.”

James D. Watts, Jr., Tulsa World (full review)
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Tulsa Opera
Ramfis /
Aida
April, 2013

"
Harold Wilson's resonant baritone made for a magisterial high priest Ramfis...."

James D. Watts, Jr., Tulsa World (full review)
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St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra
Carnegie Hall
Bass Soloist / Verdi's
Requiem

"Mr. Wilson gave a fine performance of the bass solo part. His sound is full and solid, and his Confutatis was a pleasure to hear. His 'Mors stupebit' at the end of Tuba mirum was delightfully in tune--frankly, something so unusual that it sounds odd for the strings to enter in the same key as the soloist after the brief passage."
David Browning,
Huffington Post (full review)
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Saint Thomas Church on Fifth
Bass Soloist /
Messiah
December, 2011

"[Harold Wilson's] 'Why do the nations so furiously rage' was masterly, and his timbre and vocal weight made 'Thus saith the Lord,' with its prophecy of shaking the heavens, earth and sea wholly believable."
Allan Kozinn, The New York Times (full review)
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Madison Opera
Gremin /
Eugene Onegin
November, 2011

"With his strong bass voice, Harold Wilson was ideal as the admirable Gremin, making the most of the character’s one memorable scene."

John W. Barker, The Well-Tempered Ear (full review)
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Tulsa Opera
Oroveso /
Norma
May, 2011

"Harold Wilson, as Norma's father Oroveso, has the sort of warmly lyrical bass voice that would sound marvelous reciting algebra problems; you wished his character had more to sing."

James D. Watts, Jr.,
Tulsa World (full review)
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Tulsa Symphony
Bass Soloist / Beethoven's
Ninth Symphony
April, 2011

"'Here is the music Beethoven wrote,' this performance said. 'Make of it what you will.' At least, that is, until bass soloist Harold Wilson stood up to sing the first words to have been sung in a symphony: 'Oh friends! Not these sounds! Let us rather raise our voices in more pleasing and more joyful sounds!' Wilson's performance of this difficult passage could not have been better. Not only did he handle its technical challenges of range and length with aplomb, but also he truly made it sound joyful, a clarion call to humans coming together with one accord."

James D. Watts, Jr.,
Tulsa World (full review)
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Opera Orchestra of New York
High Priest of Brahma /
L'Africaine
March, 2011

"... bass
Harold Wilson unfurled a voice of impressive size and smoothness."

Mike Silverman, The Associated Press (full review)
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Santa Fe Opera
Luther, Crespel /
Les contes d'Hoffmann
August, 2010

"Harold Wilson sings sonorously as Luther and Crespel...."

Scott Cantrell,
Dallas Morning News (full review)
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Santa Fe Opera
Bonze /
Madama Butterfly
July, 2010

"Harold Wilson’s Bonze brings fierce wrath to his denunciation of Butterfly’s religious conversion."

Rodney Punt, LA Opus (full review)
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Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Monterone /
Rigoletto
March, 2010

"Also worthy of note [was] stentorian bass Harold Wilson...."

Kyle MacMillan, Opera News (full review)
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Madison Opera
Zuniga / Carmen
November, 2009

"...Unusually tall bass Harold Wilson literally stood out as Lt. Zuniga, for towering over everyone else as well as for fine singing and acting. "

John W. Barker,
The Daily Page (full review)
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Tulsa Opera
Raimondo /
Lucia di Lammermoor
October, 2009

"Harold Wilson['s]...recitation of Lucia's crime, "Dalle stanze ove Lucia," was grimly effective."

James D. Watts, Jr.,
Tulsa World (full review)
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Oper Dortmund
Eremit /
Der Freischütz
April, 2009

"
Mit besonderer Ausstrahlung und Grandezza gestaltete Harold Wilson den Eremiten...."
(Harold Wilson performed the role of Eremit with particular presence and grandeur.)

Sonja Müller-Eisold,
Der Westen (full review)
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Opera North
Frère Laurent /
Roméo et Juliette
August, 2004

"But
the most noteworthy voice onstage was imposing bass Harold Wilson (Frère Laurent)."

David Shengold,
Opera News (full review)
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Opera Carolina
Raimondo /
Lucia di Lammermoor
May 2004

"The drama deficit counted for little when Sumi Jo and Harold Wilson, as Raimondo, were making the music.... Wilson was consistently impressive as the stolid Raimondo, particularly narrating the horrors of Lucia's nuptial bed...."

Perry Tannenbaum,
Creative Loafing (full review)