Benedict Nelson

Benedict Nelson


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«Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King / Aurora Orchestra "Without the score - which is very precise and complicated - and discreetly sonorous - both visually and acoustically - Benedict Nelson is an excellent actor. He easily convinces first time viewers. This piece is monstrously difficult, requiring certainly acting ability but also extraordinary vocal techniques ... called back on stage for a bow, the English baritone was much applauded"»
Olyrix, August 2017 (2017)
«"Eight Songs for a Mad King" are a monument of creativity, perfectly rendered by five of the orchestra's musicians, led from the stands by Nicholas Collon, and a wild king more real than life, with a huge stage and vocal presence, the baritone Benedict Nelson... The singer delivered a genuine vocal performance, supported by the virtuosity of the instrumentalists"»
Le Dauphine, 2017 (2017)
«“ the title role Benedict Nelson is also utterly convincing: vocally glorious, but with a shaggy, craggy demeanour suggesting a survivor ravaged by battles and journeys.”»
Times, 2016 (2017)
2009Bizet: CarmenMoralès
2009Fixed positions etc.Baritone
2000Handel: MessiahBass
2000Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (German Requiem)Baritone soloist
2000Britten: Peter GrimesNed Keene
2000Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical SongsBaritone
2000Vaughan Williams: The Pilgrim's ProgressWatchful/shepherd/evangelist
2000Britten: The Rape of LucretiaTarquinius
2000Britten: Billy BuddBilly Budd
2000Britten: A Midsummer Night's DreamDemetrius
2000Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroConte d'Almaviva
2000Gounod: FaustValentin
2000Donizetti: L'elisir d'amoreBelcore
2000Puccini: La BohèmeMarcello
2000Britten: Albert HerringSid
2000Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaFigaro
2000Mozart: Don GiovanniDon Giovanni and masetto
2000Mozart: Cosi fan tutteGuglielmo
2000Copland: The Tender LandTop
2000Purcell: Dido and AeneasAeneas


HAVING ATTRACTED COMPARISONS TO SIMON KEENLYSIDE AND GERALD FINLEY, BENEDICT NELSON HAS ESTABLISHED HIMSELF AS ONE OF THE UK’S MOST EXCITING YOUNG BARITONES. A FERRIER AWARD AND WIGMORE SONG PRIZE-WINNER, HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST HAREWOOD ARTISTS AT ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA. PRAISED FOR HIS MUSICALITY, SENSITIVITY AND EASE ON STAGE, NELSON IS EQUALLY AT HOME ON THE RECITAL AND CONCERT PLATFORM AS HE IS IN THE OPERATIC SPOTLIGHT.   British baritone Benedict Nelson made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 as Algernon (The Importance of Being Earnest) in the Linbury Studio Theatre, a role he reprised in 2016 in the Barbican Theatre. Nelson studied with Thomas Allen and was a Samling Foundation scholar. He was an inaugural Harewood Artist with English National Opera, where his roles have included Billy Budd, Valentin (Faust), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Belcore (The Elixir of Love), Figaro (The Barber of Seville), Ping (Turandot) and Evangelist/Watchful/First Shepherd (The Pilgrim’s Progress). Engagements elsewhere include Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) for the Verbier Festival, Count Almaviva and Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) and Silvano (Un ballo in maschera) for Opera Holland Park, Don Giovanni for Silent Opera, Marcello (La bohème), Sid (Albert Herring) and Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia) for Angers Nantes Opera, Stranger (The Lady from the Sea) for Scottish Opera and Edinburgh International Festival, Ned Keene (Peter Grimes) for Opéra de Lyon and Opera North and Melot and Steersman (Tristan und Isolde) in concert with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Nelson has performed in concert with orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Basel Chamber Orchestra, RTÉ Orchestra, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Aurora Orchestra. His recordings include Britten’sSongs and Proverbs of William Blake with Malcolm Martineau, recorded live at the Cheltenham Festival for Onyx.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Bizet: Carmen Moralès Immediately Raymond Gubbay 2009
Fixed positions etc. Baritone 1 week ENO 2009
Handel: Messiah Bass BBC National Orchestra of Wales 2000
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (German Requiem) Baritone soloist BBC Symphony Orchestra 2000
Britten: Peter Grimes Ned Keene Opéra National de Lyon 2000