Erin Wall was born in Calgary, Canada, to American parents and she maintained dual citizenship through her life in those two countries.
Erin Wall was educated at Western Washington University in Bellingham and at Rice University in Houston before beginning her professional career in 2001, as a member of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Although Wall considered Vancouver her hometown, Lyric Opera remained her artistic home throughout her career. Admired by Chicago audiences and critics for her cool, clean lyric soprano and charismatic presence, Wall was beloved by her colleagues in Chicago for her loyalty, positive spirit and professional grace, as well as her indomitable courage.
Erin Wall is the Thaïs of one’s dreams, wielding a soprano of radiance, pristine beauty and tingling top notes…Singing without a score, she made us believe every word.
Thanks to an innate musicality and vocal versatility, soprano Erin Wall finds herself in great demand by many of the world’s leading conductors for performances on the opera and concert stages of the world. Particularly associated with the music of Mozart, Strauss and Mahler, she boasts an extensive repertoire spanning three centuries.
In the current season, Erin Wall reprises her unanimously praised Ellen Orford in concert performances of Peter Grimes with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Edward Gardner in Bergen, Oslo and London; sings Vier letzte Lieder with both Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under John Wilson and Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Donald Runnicles and returns to City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 which she also joins in San Francisco marking Michael Tilson-Thomas’ closing concerts as Music Director of the SFSO.
She is survived by her family members.
“All of us at Lyric Opera of Chicago are heartbroken at the news of Erin Wall’s death,” Lyric general director Anthony Freud said in a statement. “All of us were inspired by her artistry, her spirit and her commitment to the art form and her colleagues. She will be very, very missed.”
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Cause of Death
Erin Wall died of complications from metastatic breast cancer at the age of 44. Erin Wall received her cancer diagnosis in 2017, but remained active professionally, resolute in maintaining her focus on living and healing.
Funeral Service & GoFundme
Funeral services will be made known as soon as it is being updated. Memorial donations may be made in Erin Wall’s name through the GoFundme page.