NINA YOSHIDA NELSEN – mezzo soprano
Hailed as a “rich voiced, expressive mezzo-soprano” by San Francisco Classical Voice and “appealingly direct and honest in tone and bearing,” by Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe,
Nina Yoshida Nelsen has performed with many opera companies including New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Utah Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Sarasota Opera, Opera New Jersey, Orange County Opera, Opera Providence, Phoenicia International Festival and Utah Festival Opera in the US and the Royal Albert Hall London and the Komischer Kammeroper in Munich performing roles such as Carmen, Suzuki in Madama Buttterfly, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Rebecca in The Crucible, Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, the mother in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, the Secretary in The Consul. Smeton in Anna Bolena, Marquise de Berkensfield in La Fille du regiment, Kabanicha in Katya Kabanova, Larina in Eugene Onegin, Erika in Vanessa Idamante in Idomeneo, Hermia in A Midsummernight’s Dream the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Lulu in Lukas Foss’ The Jumping Frog of Valaveras County well as the world premieres of Memory Stone by Marty Regan, Khanh in Bound by Huang Ruo and Mama-San in Belongings by Jack Perla.
On the concert stage Ms. Yoshida Nelsen has appeared at Avery Fischer Hall and Carnegie Hall, the Southwest Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Bakersfield Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Santa Fe Concert Association in such works as The Messiah, the Verdi Requiem, Beethoven Symphony 9th, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and the pops show Dancing and Romancing with the husband hornist Jeff Nelsen.