Previously a Harewood Artist at English National Opera, where he performed roles including Valentin Faust, Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Count Barbiere di Siviglia, Belcore L'elisir d'amore and the title role in Billy Budd, British baritone Benedict Nelson is now an established presence on the continent with roles at Opéra de Lyon, Teatro Regio in Turin, Opéra Nantes.
Recent highlights include performances of Britten’s Gloriana at Teatro Real de Madrid and Carmina Burana by Orff with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon as well as at the Southbank Centre, London. He also stepped in at short notice to perform the role of Colonel in The Silver Tassie, an opera by Mark-Anthony Turnage, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre.
Other engagements include The Importance of Being Earnest at Royal Opera House, the Barbican Centre and Lincoln Center, At Sixes and Sevens by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Donnacha Dennehy’s Fedora prize-winning opera The Second Violinist, which premiered at the Galway International Arts Festival and was recently performed at the Barbican Centre. He also performed in Athropocene, a new work from the critically-acclaimed collaboration of composer Stuart McRae and librettist Louise Welsh, and performed in The Burning Fiery Furnace for the Lammermuir Festival. Further highlights include covering Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Vienna State Opera, cover roles at English National Opera in The Mask of Orpheus and Orphée, and a performance of Miss Julie by William Alwyn, in the role of Jean, for the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Upcoming engagements include further performances of The Second Violinist, and a tour of Violet with Music Theatre Wales.
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