Benedict Nelson


Benedict Nelson was an inaugural Harewood Artist with English National Opera where he sang Valentin/Faust, Demetrius/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Belcore/L’elisir d’amore, Count/Le nozze di Figaro, Figaro/Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ping/Turandot, and the title role in Billy Budd. Other notable engagements include Algernon/The Importance of Being Earnest at ROH and Lincoln Center NYC, Aeneas at Teatro Regio di Torino, Salzburg Festival, Verbier Festival and Wiesbaden. 

Before the pandemic, Benedict was due to make notable debuts last season as Demetrius/Midsummer Night’s Dream at Wiener Staatsoper, Clarence in the UK premiere of John Adams’ Girls of the Golden West for BBCSO and to revive his role of Matthew in Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s The Second Violinist at the Armory in New York. 

Recent highlights include Gloriana for Teatro Real, Anthropocene with Scottish Opera, Where the Wild Things Are at the Marinsky, 8 songs for a Mad King with Shadwell Opera and the Aurora Orchestra, Matthew Passion with Dunedin Consort and Mephistopheles in Boulanger’s Faust et Helene with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestra. He returned to BBCSO for Alwyn’s Miss Julie at the Barbican, subsequently recorded and released on Chandos.

Previously for Longborough: Anfinomo, Ulisse (cover)/Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (2021)