Edward Nelson

— Baritone

"Edward Nelson was an exciting protagonist: in his first outing as the melancholy Dane, the Californian baritone cut an aptly youthful, agile figure throughout Aria Umezawa’s production. Nelson’s flexible voice sounded well placed and attractive even in the upper reaches of the role..."
Georgia Rowe, Opera News, August 17, 2017 - title role in 'Hamlet' - West Edge Opera

"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.
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


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. He makes his Spanish debut at Opera de Oviedo as Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande conducted by Yves Abel. 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 . . .

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