Soprano Wanda Yang Temko is a respected singer, voice teacher, and arts advocate in the Atlanta area. She holds a doctorate in performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana. Other degrees include a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Liberal Studies from Emory University. She made her international operatic debut in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Rome. Other highlights include the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and Morgana in Handel’s Alcina.
Acclaimed for performances on the operatic and concert stages, she has collaborated with some of the most renowned Early Music artists of our time, including Andrew Lawrence-King, Paul Hillier, Nigel North, Paul Elliot, and Stanley Ritchie. Wanda’s interest in contemporary music is equally keen, as evinced by her skilled and nuanced performances of the works of Olivier Messiaen. As a professional chorister, she has performed with conductors such as Robert Shaw, Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles, William Fred Scott, and Alfred Calabrese. Dr. Yang Temko is a founding member of Skylark Ensemble. Sought after as a recitalist and soloist, she also maintains an active private voice studio and has served on the boards of Kinnara Ensemble, Friends of Theater at Emory, ATL Symphony Musicians Foundation, Festival Singers of Atlanta, Atlanta Early Music Alliance, and Atlanta Young Singers.
A multi-faceted performer, she was the host of Afternoon Classics
and Concert 90 on Atlanta's NPR affilliate, WABE,
90.1 FM, where for seven seasons she also wrote, produced, and hosted
a weekly show highlighting singers and their connections to their art
and the world, called The
Art of Song. Wanda can also be heard as Detective Phillips in
Mind's Ear Audio Productions' "French
Quarter," a radio drama series featured on National Public Radio's
"NPR Playhouse." Equally at home as a stage director, she received warm reviews for her direction of
Britten's Noye's Fludde for the Cathedral of St. Philip.