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Benedict Nelson



Benedict Nelson in action.
Benedict Nelson as Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest, The Royal Opera © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Stephen Cummiskey

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’s Songs and Proverbs of William Blake with Malcolm Martineau, recorded live at the Cheltenham Festival for Onyx.

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