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.
Mr. Nelson's 2014-15 season begins with performances of the title role of Le nozze di Figaro with the Aix-en-Provence Festival on tour in Manama, Bahrain. Additionally, he makes his debut with Canadian Opera Company as Masetto in Dmitri Tcherniakov's Don Giovanni, will sing a recital debut at Wigmore Hall with the Rosenblatt Recitals Series,
In the 2013/2014 season, Mr. Nelson returned to the Santa Fe Opera as Malatesta in Laurent Pelly's Don Pasquale. He also joined the ensemble of the Dresden Semperoper, where he will perform the roles of Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La Bohème, Der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Guglielmo in a new production of Così Fan Tutte.
Notable recent performances include Figaro in Le nozze di 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 Glimmerglass Opera, and a soloist in Steven Blier's "Killer B's" with the New York Festival of Song.
A graduate of the Academy of Vocal 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. where he performed the roles of Marcello in La Bohème, Belcore in L'Elisir D'Amore, and Achilla in Giulio Cesare.
Mr. Nelson has also been incredibly successful in the competition circuit. Awards have included; 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, the 2011 Loren Zachary Competition, and an Encouragement Award from the 2011 New England Region of the Metropolitan Opera Competition.