Nina Yoshida Nelsen


Nina Yoshida Nelsen is reprising a role she created at Seattle Opera in 2015 and reprised there in 2017. The mezzo-soprano has been featured as Suzuki/ Madama Butterfly at London’s Royal Albert Hall (European debut), New York City Opera, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice and the major companies of Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Manitoba, Santa Barbara, and Sarasota. Other operatic credits include performances at Utah Opera (Cherubino/The Marriage of Figaro), Houston Grand Opera (world premieres of Huang Ruo’s Bound and Marty Regan’s The Memory Stone), Opera Santa Barbara (Secretary/The Consul), Concerts include the Verdi Requiem (Guelph Symphony Orchestra, Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra), Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer (Grand Junction and Flagstaff symphony orchestras), Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Southwest Florida Symphony), the Mozart Requiem (Carnegie Hall, Santa Barbara Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony), and Handel’s Messiah (Nashville Symphony). She has sung the Mother/Amahl and the Night Visitors at Lincoln Center. Nelsen is a former recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition and a former Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions National Semi-finalist. She is an alumna of Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, where she sang many major roles.

Lyric debut: Hiroko Kobayashi/ An American Dream (2018|19)

Last updated: March 15, 2019