Rebecca Nelsen

Rebecca Nelsen


Violetta, Pamina, Susanna, Lulu, Fiorilla, Rosina, and more...
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«"A svelte American soprano Rebecca Nelsen executes Konstanze’s wildly contrasting arias with crystalline tone and precision."»
Rupert Christiansen - Telegraph, London (2018)
«"Diese Traviata muss man gesehen, gehört und erlebt – mitgelebt haben! Nicht nach, sondern neben Netrebko ist Rebecca Nelsen die beste Violetta weit und breit am Opernhimmel. Ihr Stimme, ihre Darstellung reißen mit. Da kann niemand unberührt bleiben. "»
Silvia Matras: Reise- und Kulturjournalistin (2018)
«"But in an accomplished cast, Rebecca Nelsen’s flighty Fiorilla stands out. Confidently alluring and comically intuitive, she is also vocally ravishing, matching athleticism with effortless tonal shading. She is surely a star on the rise. "»
Edward Bhesania - The Stage, London (2018)
2018Mozart: Die ZauberflötePamina
2018Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroSusanna
2018Verdi: La TraviataVioletta Valéry
2018Verdi: La TraviataVioletta Valéry
2017Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaRosina
2016Rossini: Il turco in ItaliaFiorilla
2016Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelGretel
2016Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem SerailKonstanze
2015Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierSophie
2014Verdi: RigolettoGilda


Recent reviews have called her “extra­or­di­nary” (Euro­pean Pressphoto Agency) and “a Star”: (Wall Street Jour­nal). After her debut in June 2016 at the Perm Opera as Violetta in La Traviata with rising-star conductor, Teodor Currentzis, in a production by Robert Wilson,  Rebecca Nelsen began the 2016/17 season with performances of Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata at the Vienna Volksoper.
In November 2016 she made her debut with the Malmö Opera where she starred as Susanna in a new, critically acclaimed production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro directed by Peter Stein.  Further appearances this season include a role debut as Rosina, Annina Giró in a new production of Vivaldi - The Four Seasons and revivals as Pamina, Adele, and  Laura in Der Bettelstudent all at the Vienna Volksoper.  She also appeared in November with the Tonkünstler Orchestra and Maestro Yutaka Sado as the soprano soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony.  In 2019 she will also make her house debut at the Opera de Monte Carlo. 
In 2015/16 Rebecca made her Glyndebourne Festival debut, where she appeared as Blondchen in the touring production of Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serial. During the Holiday season, she appeared as the soprano soloist in New Year's Concerts with the Tonkünster Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein and other cities throughout Austria.   She was also featured at the Vienna Volksoper, where she is currently an ensemble member, singing the roles of Pamina, Gretel, Adele, Corilla (Viva la Mamma - directed by Rolando Villazon), Violetta Valery (La Traviata), Marzinah (new concert version of Kismet) and Laura in the new production of Der Bettelstudent.
After studies at Vienna's University of Music and the Performing Arts on a Fulbright scholarship, Texan soprano Rebecca Nelsen's career was launched with critically acclaimed performances with the Neue Oper Wien, where she most recently sang the role of Eva in the world premiere of Peter Eötvös' Lilith - Paradise Reloaded in Vienna and at the Palace of the Arts in Budapest with a CD recording. She also recently made her Opera debut in France to critical acclaim with her signature role of Fiorilla in Rossini's Il Turco in Italia in Nantes and Angers.
In November 2014, Ms. Nelsen performed in a special concert with Peter Eötvös at the Maison de Radio France in Paris, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Ensemble Intercontemporain.
In 2013 the artist made her Salzburg Festival debut in the role of Blonde in a new, live-TV production of Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail in cooperation with Servus TV, released on DVD (Arthaus), as well as making her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Carmina Burana.
Ms. Nelsen' career has led her to other important guest engagements in internationally acclaimed houses and festivals including principal roles at the Bavarian State Opera, Aalto Theater Essen, Semperoper Dresden, Oper Köln, Teatro La Fenice, Garsington Opera, the Bregenzer Festspiele and the prestigious Munich Biennale with conductors like Fabio Luisi, Myung-whun Chung, Gustav Kuhn, Stefan Soltesz and Alexander Joel.  Ms. Nelsen is currently an ensemble member at the Wiener Volksoper, where she regularly sings Violetta,  Pamina,  Susanna, Gretel,  Adele et. al. Other favorite roles include Sophie, Konstanze, Gilda and Musetta.
Ms. Nelsen regularly appears on the concert platform and has been heard with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Bochum Symphony, to name a few.  She has an extensive discography and can be heard in Radek (ORF), Fedra (Oehms Classics), Momo Creation (ITunes) and The Brothers (CPO). She has also recorded Walter Arlen Songs with the Gramola label.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Pamina 24 hours 2018
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Susanna Immediately Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden und Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Semperoper) 2018
Verdi: La Traviata Violetta Valéry Immediately MITO Settembre Musica 2018
Verdi: La Traviata Violetta Valéry Volksoper Wien 2018
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Rosina 1 week 2017


2nd Place & Best soprano award Ferrucio Tagliavini competition
nominee best female lead role - austrian music theatre awards
Nomination for Female Singer of the Year - Opernwelt Magazine
Grand Prize Winner International Nico Dostal Operetta Operetta Competition
Debut INternational Opera Competition - 1st Orchestra Prize