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Vocalists

Edward Nelson


— Baritone

"Haunted and vulnerable, elegant and peevish, feverish and emotionally ravaged, Edward Nelson is compelling from start to finish. Wandering the set’s industrial-look terrain, he projects an intensely distracted air. Nelson’s lustrous baritone, which can track hair-trigger emotional shifts within a single phrase, is a marvel. Even at a whispery pianissimo, he projects a sense of velocity and momentum across Hamlet’s arc."
Steven Winn, San Francisco Classical Voice, August 7, 2017 - title role in 'Hamlet' - West Edge Opera

“Making his role debut as Pelléas, Edward Nelson impressed with a ringing baritone, excellent French diction and a surprisingly easy top. His ardent tower scene with Susanna Hurrell’s Mélisande was a thrill to listen to.”
Aksel Tollåli, BachTrack - Pelleas in 'Pelleas et Melisande' at Norwegian National Opera

“Representing two of the most prominent composers Gockley commissioned were Carlisle Floyd (who co-founded HGO) and John Adams—both in attendance and warmly received by the audience. “News” from Nixon in China represented Adams’ landmark minimalist work from 1987, and one of the most often performed operas of the past 30 years. Baritone Edward Nelson, current an Adler fellow in San Francisco’s young artist program, gave it a splendid reading. “Ain’t it a pretty night” from Floyd’s 1956 Susannah no doubt inspired Gockley to commission the half-dozen subsequent operas from the composer, and Ana María Martínez sang the aria radiantly.”
Harvey Steiman, Seen and Heard International - David Gockley Farwewll Gala - San Francisco Opera

“…soprano Julie Adams and baritone Edward Nelson gave superb individual performances during the first half of the evening before joining forces to close the program with a riveting account of the final scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin… while Nelson brought suavity and tonal radiance to ‘Pierrot’s Tanzlied’ from Korngold’s Die tote Stadt.”
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle - The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Gala - San Francisco Opera

“…Edward Nelson’s attractive Buckley made small but essential contributions to the story.”
Georgia Rowe, Opera News - Lt. John Buckley in Marco Tutino’s La Ciociara - San Francisco Opera

About

In the 2017-2018 season, American baritone Edward Nelson makes his Washington National Opera debut as Maximillian in Francesca Zambello’s production of Candide and at the Michigan Opera Theatre as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro conducted by Stephen Lord. In concert, he debuts with the Milwaukee Symphony in Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony conducted by Andreas Delfs.

Recently, he made an acclaimed European debut at the Norwegian National Opera in a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande as Pelleas. In his final season as an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera . . .

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