Edward Nelson

(Santa Clarita, California)

2016–17 Season: Fleville in Andrea Chénier, Eunuch/Stone in Dream of the Red Chamber, Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly

A second-year San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow, baritone Edward Nelson participated in the 2014 Merola Opera Program where he sang the title role of Don Giovanni.  As part of the 2015-2016 Season, he performed the roles of the Second Priest in The Magic Flute, Hermann Ortel in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, L'Ami in Debussy's La Chute de la Maison Usher, and Moralès in Carmen .  During that same season he created the role of Lieutenant John Buckley in the world premiere of Marco Tutino’s Two Women.  Recent engagements include the Ferryman (Britten’s Curlew River) with the Mark Morris Dance Group/Tanglewood Music Festival, as well as the title role of Britten’s Owen Wingrave, Dandini (La Cenerentola), and Le Podestat (Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle) with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he holds undergraduate and graduate degrees. On the concert stage, he has been a soloist with the American Choral Directors Association and the Reno Philharmonic. He is a national semifinalist in the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the 2014 Naumburg International Voice Competition, First Prize winner of the 2014 Corbett Opera Competition at CCM, and a winner in the 2013 Opera Columbus and 2014 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. After completing the Adler Fellowship, his 2017 engagements include the role of Steward in Jonathan Dove's Flight with Opera Omaha, Schaunard in La Boheme with Cincinnati Opera, and the title role in Thomas Ambroise's Hamlet with West Edge Opera.