Zachary Nelson

— Baritone

"American baritone Zachary Nelson, in his Lyric debut as Donner, god of thunder, makes what he can of an underwritten role whose only real purpose is to create a thunderstorm late in the production to literally clear the air. Nelson makes a striking figure with long wavy hair silhouetted against a stark background wielding his mighty hammer, and his voice makes us wish we could hear more from him.”
LA Splash Magazine

"Zachary Nelson’s Escamillo was more of an urbane character than bullfighter and gave a powerful performance both with voice and strutting stage presence.”-
National Business Review

"Management of the SFO seems, rightfully, quite high on baritone Zachary Nelson, two years ago an apprentice and last year’s Figaro in “The Marriage of Figaro.” A talented comic actor with a smooth yet arresting baritone, Nelson returns again this summer to sing a delightfully textured and hilariously funny puppet-master as Dr. Malatesta. Artfully he instructs Norina how to play the part of an innocent maiden to entrap Pasquale into his plot.”
Albuquerque Journal

"No, her heart belongs to Figaro; and who can blame her, since Zachary Nelson infused that endearing character with a similar measure of charm and allure, not to mention a warmly enveloping baritone...here he is proving himself a polished pro in one of opera’s leading roles."
Santa Fe New Mexican - Le nozze di Figaro

"Zachary Nelson...just seethes as the jealous husband, standing over Amelia with his sword there is no doubt that there is consumed with revenge. The key dramatic arias, that continue to get into his heart of darkness is full-throated and baritone vibrancy without over singing. It is no surprise that this young baritone is racking up competition prizes and is this year's recipient of the Sarah Tucker Award."
Huffington Post - Un ballo in maschera


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. In the current season, he makes his debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Donner in Das Rheingold. With Norwegian National Opera, he sings Escamillo in Carmen and this summer performs Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Santa Fe Opera.

Last season began with a return to Dresden as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro and Il barbiere . . .

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