Minnesotan native soprano Evelyn Nelson is a versatile and creative performer whose experience and abilities span from Bach to Broadway. She has sung several leading operatic roles, most recently making her debut at Indiana University Opera Theater as Adele in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.
Other recent roles include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at Sugar Creek Opera Festival, and the title role in Massenet’s Manon at Opera in the Ozarks, which earned her the award of “Best Female Performer in a Leading Role.” Ms. Nelson has been a soloist with the Saint Olaf Orchestra, the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, and the Bach Cantata Project at the Blanton Art Museum in Austin, Texas. She has been a district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a finalist or winner in several other competitions, including the Dallas Opera Guild and the Schubert Club Contest in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Ms. Nelson’s educational and artistic training is diverse, and has strongly emphasized foreign language study. She has spent significant lengths of time both studying and performing in Germany, Italy, and Norway. Ms. Nelson holds degrees from Saint Olaf College and The University of Texas, and she is continuing her training at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she studies with renowned soprano Costanza Cuccaro.