Nelly Palmer

Nelly Palmer

Lyric Soprano

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2017Purcell: Dido and AeneasBelinda
2016Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroContessa d'Almaviva
2014Strauss J.: Die FledermausRosalinde
2011Poulenc: Dialogues des CarmélitesBlanche De La Force
2010Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroContessa d'Almaviva
2010Verdi: NabuccoAnna
2009Puccini: La BohèmeMimì
2009Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelTaumännchen (The Dewman)
2006Verdi: La TraviataVioletta Valéry
2006Lehár: The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe)Valencienne
2006Beethoven: Missa solemnis, Op. 123, D majorSoprano
2004Mozart: Die ZauberflötePamina
2001Mozart: Die ZauberflötePapagena


From 1999-2007 the artist studied with Prof. Katharina Dau at the Mannheim Conservatoire, where she got her diplomas as a singing teacher, an opera singer and as a concert singer.

The jung musician played in Gluck`s “Armide” the role of the Shepard in 2003. In September 2004, she made her opera debut as the Pamina in Mozart's “Magic Flute”. Then she played the Bastienne in "Bastien and Bastienne" at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, the Valencienne in "Die lustige Witwe" at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern 2005/06, the Violetta in "La Traviata" 2006 and the Mimi in “La Boheme” at Ibiza 2009 and "Blanche" in "Die Dialoge der Karmeliterinnen” 2011. Apart from that she was a member of the ensemble at the International Opera Studio at the Staatstheater Nuernberg 2007/08, a part of the ensemble of the Stadttheater Bremerhaven during the season 2009/2010 and sang as a guest during the season 2011/12 at the Landestheater Detmold and 2016 at the Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein Contessa Almaviva in Mozart's “Die Hochzeit des Figaro” , at the Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein as Auguste in Blacher's “Preußisches Märchen” during the season 2011/2012 and sang in 2013/14 in Luxemburg the part of Rosalinde in Strauss' “Die Fledermaus”.  2016 she made her debut as Belinda in Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" at the Walldorfer Musiktage. Apart from that she is a member of the TourneeOper Mannheim since 2011.

She sang various concert performances abroad and in Germany - for example the Fauré- and Brahms-Requiem, at the Gustav Mahlers "4th Symphony", Bachs "St. John Passion" and "The Christmas Oratory", Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s "Elias" in Meran and Brixon, Beethovens "Missa Solemnis" in Poland as well as Paul McCartneys "Ecce cor meum" and Rutters "Magnificat" lately.

Nelly Palmer also won prizes at "Jugend musiziert", the "Suder-Liedwettbewerb" 2002 in Nuernberg, the Conservatoire-Competition 2003 in the category "Lied with focus on Schubert", the “Richard-Strauss-Competition” 2004, the “Bundeswettbewerb Gesang” 2006 and the "Großer Internationaler Meistersingerwettbewerb Neustadt 2011". She obtained a bursary from the International Association of Wagner Societies 2005.

Nelly Palmer also attended master classes of Helmut Deutsch, Ulrich Eisenlohr, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Reri Grist, Klesie Kelly, Rudolf Piernay, Anna Reynolds, Maria Venuti, Ruth Ziesack, Katharina Dau, Wolfram Koloseus, Peer Boysen and Claudia Eder. 

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas Belinda 24 hours 2017
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Contessa d'Almaviva 24 hours Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein 2016
Strauss J.: Die Fledermaus Rosalinde 24 hours Luxemburg 2014
Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites Blanche De La Force 1 week Neustadt 2011
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Contessa d'Almaviva 24 hours Stadttheater Bremerhaven 2010


Preis der Wiener Freunde at the International Meistersingerwettbewerb in Neustadt
Sonderpreis der Paul Lincke Gesellschaft at the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin
First Place at the Richard Strauss Competition Munich
Second Place at the Lied-Competition Schubert in Mannheim
Second Place at the suder competition in Nürnberg
scholarship For Bayreuther Festspiele