Born in Kingston, Jamaica bass baritone Neil Nelson moved to the United States with his family at the age of 2, settling in Queens, New York. It has been said by colleagues and critics alike that Mr. Nelson possesses one of the purest and most resonant bass baritone voice of recent times. An excellent musician and linguist, Mr. Nelson graduated from The New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in music performance.
Winning awards such as the Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence (Boston Lyric Opera), the Heinz Refuss Singing Actors Award (Orlando Opera), and appearing as a finalist in the New York Metropolitan Opera Auditions launched him into his professional career.
Mr. Nelson has performed operatic roles with Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Berkshire Opera, Orlando Opera, The New York Harlem Opera Theater and the Tartar State Opera Theater in Kazan, Russia.
During the 2014-15 season Mr. Nelson performed the roles of Tonio in I Pagliacci with the St. Petersburg Opera, Schaunard in La Boheme with Opera Naples, Hagen in Götterdämmerung with Union Avenue Opera, Sulpice in La Fille du Regiment with Palm Beach Opera, Leporello in Don Giovanni with Union Avenue Opera and covered Coline in La Boheme with Palm Beach Opera.
Although opera is his first love, Neil has a passion for oratorio and concert stage. He has appeared as a soloist with ensembles such as the Lynn Conservatory Orchestra, the Ocean City Pops, the Southwest Florida Symphony, and the New England Conservatory Orchestra.
Engagements include numerous concerts as the bass baritone soloist including “And The Tony Goes To…” and Beethoven’s Symphony #9 with the South Florida Symphony, Messiah with the Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches, Jake in Porgy and Bess with the Tartarstan Opera Theater and Ballet, in Kazan, Russia and Conte di Luna in- Il Trovatore with Winter Opera St. Louis.
Mr. Nelson resides in South Florida with his wife and 4-year-old daughter. When he is not singing, Neil can be found having fun with his family, fishing, or working with young men in his community as a mentor and a football coach.