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.
His long-established relationship with Scottish Opera continues this season with recent performances of The Burning Fiery Furnace for the Lammermuir Festival and the upcoming Athropocene, a new work from the critically-acclaimed collaboration of composer Stuart McRae and librettist Louise Welsh.
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