About Wayd

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Tenor Wayd Odle known for his "impressive vocal strength and attractiveness" (Arts Knoxville) is an active operatic performer across the United States. He is currently a second year Resident Artist with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, although past seasons have seen him employed by Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Omaha, and Knoxville Opera. Most recently, he was called in as a last minute replacement for Varna International's production of Carmen as Don José conducted by Gregory Buchalter in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.


During Mr. Odle's 2022-23 season he will perform with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Remendado (Carmen), Gastone (La traviata), King Kaspar (Amahl and the Night Visitors), and Delbert Grady (The Shining). He will cover Don José (Carmen) and Alfredo (La traviata). 


For the 2021-2022 season with Lyric Opera of Kanas City Wayd performed King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors as well as Spoletta in Tosca, while covering Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs and Cavaradossi in Tosca . He also covered Beadle Bamford in Opera Omaha's production of Sweeney Todd.


The 2020-2021 season saw Mr. Odle performing with Wolf Trap Opera as Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd and covering Valcour in L'amant anonyme.  He also performed with Knoxville Opera as a Resident Artist, this included: Don José in their "Carmen on the Lawn", a featured soloist in their PBS special "Knox Opera for All!" and many outreach performances.


Other notable roles include Rodolfo (La bohème), Don José (Carmen), and Nemorino (The Elixir of Love), Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte) and Tamino (The Magic Flute). He was a featured performer with the National Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Utah Philharmonic Orchestra, and Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra. He is the winner of The American Prize Award (2021) and earned an Encouragement Award at The Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition (2020). He won the Utah Philharmonic Concerto Competition (2017) and was a semi-finalist for the Orpheus Vocal Competition (2022)