Woodrow studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the London Opera Centre.
On completing these studies he joined English National Opera (ENO) as a principal tenor and quickly developed into the dramatic
fach. It was in this repertoire that has emerged at an international level.
The acclaim he generated in Martinů's Greek Passion at the Edinburgh Festival brought him to the attention of major European houses.
His mainstays were the ENO and Basel Opera, but he also appeared in Tel Aviv, at the Guelph Spring Festival,
Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Royal Albert Hall, San Diego Opera, Teatro San Carlo, Teatro Massimo of Palermo,
City of London Sinfonia, Teatro Comunale of Florence, Théâtre du Capitole of Toulouse and so on.
Zemlinsky's Eine florentinische Tragödie brought him to La Scala, where he also sang Sergej in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk – in the
latter role, he appeared at the Paris Opéra de Bastille and in Frankfurt, as well. He was Kaiser in Die Frau ohne Schatten at the
Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, and the Bayerische Staatsoper.
He was married to British soprano Vivian Tierney.