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Zachary Nelson, a native of Annapolis, Maryland, has been praised for his rich and powerful baritone, as well as his ability to embody dramatic and comic characters on the operatic stage. The baritone’s 2018/19 season includes a return to Lyric Opera of Chicago as a soloist in their widely attended annual Millennium Park concert, followed by performances of Marcello in La bohème. Additionally, he joins Arizona Opera as the Count in The Marriage of Figaro, and returns to Santa Fe Opera as Marcello in La bohème. Mr. Nelson’s 2017/18 included performances of Ping in Turandot with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Semperoper Dresden as the title role in The Marriage of Figaro.
He made his Pittsburgh Opera debut as Belcore in L’elsiir d’amore, appeared in recital with Leah Crocetto at New York City’s Morgan Library under the auspices of the George London Foundation, and essayed Bloch’s Sacred Service with Voices of Ascension in New York City. The 2016/17 season brought debuts at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Donner in Das Rheingold and Enrico Ashton (cover) in Lucia di Lammermoor, Escamillo in Carmen with Den Norske Opera, and a fourth season with the Santa Fe Opera as Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor. 2015/16 began with a return to the Dresden Semperoper as Figaro in both The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville. He performed the role of Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus with the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy in Kyoto, Tokyo, and Nagoya. He made debuts at the Salzburg Landestheater, Palm Beach, and San Francisco Opera in Carmen as Escamillo, and returned to the Canadian Opera Compnay as Escamillo. His 2014/15 season included the title role of The Marriage of Figaro with the Aix-en-Provence Festival on tour in Manama, Bahrain. Additionally, he made his debut with Canadian Opera Company as Masetto in Dmitri Tcherniakov’s Don Giovanni. He debuted the roles of Paolo in Simon Boccanegra, Escamillo in Carmen, and reprised the roles of Gugliemo in Cosi fan tutte, Belcore in L’Elisir D’Amore, Marcello in La bohéme, and Figaro in both The Barber of Seville and a new production of The Marriage of Figaro, all with the Dresden Semperoper. In the 2013/14 season, Mr. Nelson joined the ensemble of the Dresden Semperoper, where he performed the roles of Il Conte in The Marriage of Figaro, Marcello in La bohème, Der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, and Guglielmo in a new production of Così fan tutte. He also returned to Santa Fe Opera as Malatesta in Laurent Pelly’s Don Pasquale. Other notable performances include: Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro with Santa Fe Opera, Germont in La traviata with Lyric Opera of Virginia, Angelotti in Tosca and Mandryka (cover) in Arabella with Santa Fe Opera, Quinault in Adriana Lecouvreur with Opera Orchestra of New York, Sciarrone in Tosca with The Glimmerglass Festival, and he was a soloist in Steven Blier’s Killer B’s with the New York Festival of Song.
A graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA, Mr. Nelson performed many roles including: Belcore in L’elisir D’Amore, Renato in Un ballo in Maschera, the title role in Falstaff, Michele in Il Tabarro, Sancho Panza in Don Quichotte, Mandryka in Arabella, Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande, and Masetto in Don Giovanni. Mr. Nelson is also a graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Awards Mr. Nelson has garnered are: The George London Award from the 2012 George London Foundation, 1st prize prize from the 2012 Opera Index Competition, The 2012 Liederkranz Foundation Competition (General Opera Division), and the 2012 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation. Also, 2nd prize from the 2011 Gerda Lissner Competition, the 2011 Giulio Gari Foundation, and the 2011 Loren Zachary Competition.