About Wayd


Tenor Wayd Odle, 2021 American Prize winner and Metropolitan Opera Laffont competition award recipient, is known for his "impressive vocal strength and attractiveness." He is an active performer on the operatic stage and is currently a Resident Artist at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. He has had the pleasure of performing Don José, Rodolfo, Nemorino, Ferrando, Tamino, and many other roles across the United States. His most recent credit of Beadle Bamford received the following review, “Odle is effective as the villainous power-abuser, having a voice that expertly handled the role as well as deftly managing the balance between comedy and drama."

For the 2021-2022 season with Lyric Opera of Kanas City Wayd is performing King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Vistiors as well as Spoletta in Tosca.  He is also covering Cavaradossi in Tosca as well as Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs. He also will cover 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 soloist in their PBS special "Knox Opera for All!" and many outreach performances.

Mr. Odle also enjoys concert work and has had the pleasure of being a soloist with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Utah Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, as well as other University Orchestras. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 his debut with Arkansas Symphony was cancelled.