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Benedict Nelson

Baritone

  • British baritone Benedict Nelson has established an international reputation through his intelligent musicality and elegant interpretations. Praised for his sensitivity and ease on stage, Nelson is equally at home on the recital and concert platform as he is on the operatic stage. During his time as one of the inaugural Harewood Artists at English National Opera, Nelson sang a number of leading roles including title role Billy Budd in a new production by David Alden, Figaro The Barber of Seville, Valentin Faust, Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a new production by Christopher Alden and Belcore The Elixir of Love.

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  • Highlights of the 2016/17 season include the title role in Monteverdi Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria for English Touring Opera, Orff Carmina Burana with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic, and Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Nelson will also perform Walton Belshazzar’s Feast with the Halle under Rory MacDonald, the Southbank Sinfonia, and the Oxford Bach Choir.


    Recent operatic highlights include a successful role debut as The Count in The Marriage of Figaro at ENO, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas at the Teatro Regio di Torino, as well as with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble at the Salzburg Festival and for the Verbier Festival alongside Angelika Kirchschlager as Dido, Ned Keene Peter Grimes for Opéra de Lyon and Opera North, the role of Algernon Moncrieff in the UK premiere and subsequent revival of Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest at the Royal Opera House and at Lincoln Center, Stranger The Lady from the Sea for the Edinburgh International Festival and Scottish Opera, Count Almaviva and Figaro Le nozze di Figaro, Silvano Un ballo in Maschera for Opera Holland Park, Masetto and Title role Don Giovanni, Marcello La bohème, Sid Albert Herring, Christian Un ballo in maschera, Tarquinius Rape of Lucretia for Opéra Angers-Nantes, and The Tender Land for Opéra de Lyon.


    Concert highlights include Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Britten Noye’s Fludde with La Maîtrise de Radio France, Orff Carmina Burana with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Handel Messiah with Orchestra de Cadaqués, Faure Requiem with the RPO, Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem with the Hallé, Weill Das Berliner Requiem with L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Bach B Minor Mass with the Aurora Orchestra, Brander Damnation de Faust with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Dutoit, Helmsman Tristan und Isolde with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Donald Runnicles, Melot and Steuermann Tristan und Isolde with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Britten Canticles at Aldeburgh and the ROH and the world premiere of a new piece by Mark Anthony Turnage in Derry as part of the City of London Festival.


    He has performed at many prestigious concert venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall, King’s Place, Snape Maltings, St John’s Smith Square and St Martin-in-the-Fields under conductors including Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Roger Norrington, David Parry, Thomas Zehetmair, Andris Nelsons and Paul McCreesh. He has previously appeared with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra for his US concert debut, Basel Chamber Orchestra, RTÉ Orchestra and the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen.


    Nelson’s recital highlights include his debut recital at the Wigmore Hall in 2013 and Britten Songs and Proverbs of William Blake at Snape Maltings with Malcolm Martineau (recorded in 2010 and released by Onyx to critical acclaim), a recital with Roger Vignoles in Madrid, performances at the Norwich chamber music festival, the Oxford Lieder festival, and the closing recital of the Leeds Lieder Festival with Graham Johnson.


    Born in London, Nelson studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio, and at the age of 23, won second prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards.

    2016-2017 season / 622 words. Not to be altered without permission

Performances

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Season highlights

title role Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria
English Touring Opera


Orff Carmina Burana
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, and Gulbenkian Orchestra


Walton Belshazzar's Feast
Halle Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, and Oxford Bach Choir 


Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony
Bournmouth Symphony Orchestra

Concert repertoire

Bach
Pilate/ arias St John Passion
Pilate/ arias St Matthew Passion


Berlioz
L’enfance du Christ


Brahms
Requiem


Elgar
Dream of Gerontius


Faure
Requiem


Handel
Messiah
Dettingen Te Deum


Haydn
Nelson Mass
Seasons


Mendelssohn
Elijah


Mozart
Requiem


Rossini
Petite Messe Sollenelle


Stanford
Songs of the Sea
Songs of the Fleet


Vaughan Williams
5 Mystical Songs
Serenade to Music
Dona Nobis Pacem


Walton
Belshazzar’s Feast

Opera repertoire

Bizet
Morales Carmen
Zurga Les pêcheurs de perles


Britten
Title role Billy Budd
Tarquinius, Junius Rape of Lucretia
Ned Keene Peter Grimes
Title role Owen Wingrave
Sid, Vicar Albert Herring
Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Donizetti
Belcore L’elisir d’amore


Gounod
Valentin Faust


Korngold
Frank / Fritz Die tote Stadt


Leoncavallo
Silvio Pagliacci


Monteverdi
title role Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria


Mozart
Title role, Masetto Don Giovanni
Il Conte, Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro
Papageno Die Zauberflöte
Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte


Offenbach
Le Baron de Gondremarck La vie Parisienne


Purcell
Aeneas Dido and Aeneas


Puccini
Marcello, Schaunard La Bohème


Rossini
Figaro Barbiere di Siviglia
Dandini La Cenerentola
Don Parmenione L'occasione fa il ladro


Stravinsky
Nick Shadow The Rake’s Progress


Tchaikovsky
Title role Eugene Onegin 

Giovanni, the serial seducer, played and sung by the compelling Benedict Nelson as a raging bull without scruples or limits... I found the result gripping enough to root me to my seat for the frenetic hour that the show lasts.

Times

Benedict Nelson, a hugely talented baritone with a smoothly elegant mahogany timbre, complemented by an intense and reflective musicality …he feels the music deeply and wants to honour it. His breath control is immaculate, his sense of phrase imaginative, his stage presence handsome and unaffected.

Daily Telegraph

Mr. Nelson captured Billy’s boundless physical energy and decency while conveying the gullible nature that keeps Billy from seeing the malevolence of Claggart, the master-at-arms, until too late. Like many fine British singers before him, Mr. Nelson made the words matter... the honesty and directness of Mr. Nelson’s singing won me over

New York Times

Intermusica represents Benedict Nelson worldwide






Martha Hartman
Associate Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9921
mhartman@intermusica.co.uk

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Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Special projects

Charles Hazlewood

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Rupert Enticknap

Stage director

David Alden

Andreas Homoki

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles