Zachary Nelson
Bass baritone
New England Encouragement Award, 2011

In the 2015-2016 season, after returning to Semperoper Dresden for Figaros in both Le nozze di Figaro and Il barbiere di Siviglia, bass-baritone Zachary Nelson appears as Escamillo in Salzburg, Palm Beach, Toronto, and San Francisco. In summer the bass-baritone was Mozart’s Figaro at the Savonlinna Opera Festival as well as in Dresden, where in 2014-2015 he was also Escamillo, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, and Paolo Albianio in Simon Boccanegra. Other highlights of last season included Mozart’s Figaro at the Aix-en-Provence Festival on tour in Manama, Bahrain; a debut with Canadian Opera Company as Masetto in Don Giovanni and later performances there as Escamillo; Duke Robert in Richard Strauss’ Guntram with Washington Concert Opera; and a recital debut in London’s Wigmore Hall.


Born in Annapolis, Maryland, Zachary is a 2009 graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. His early roles included Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Achilla and Curio in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Martin in Bernstein’s Candide, Belcore, Marcello, the Painter in the world premiere of Gregg Martin’s Life in Death, and Mr. Webb in Rorem’s Our Town, all at Catholic University,andBelcore, Masetto, Renato in Un ballo in maschera, Falstaff, Michele in Il tabarro, Sancho Panza in Don Quichotte, Mandryka in Arabella, and Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande at AVA. Notable recent performances include Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, the Speaker in Die Zauberflöte and the Mandarin in Turandot in Dresden, Germont in La traviata with Lyric Opera of Virginia, Angelotti in Tosca and Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Santa Fe Opera, Quinault in Adriana Lecouvreur with Opera Orchestra of New York, and Sciarrone in Tosca with Glimmerglass Opera.


In 2012 Zachary was a winner of the George London Foundation Awards, the Liederkranz Foundation Competition (General Opera Division), the Lucia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition, and the Opera Index Competition. A year earlier he received a Second Prize in the Gerda Lissner, Giulio Gari, and Loren Zachary Competitions.


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