Manager: Damon Bristo
Management Territory: Worldwide
“Representing two of the most prominent composers Gockley commissioned were Carlisle Floyd (who co-founded HGO) and John Adams—both in attendance and warmly received by the audience. “News” from Nixon in China represented Adams’ landmark minimalist work from 1987, and one of the most often performed operas of the past 30 years. Baritone Edward Nelson, current an Adler fellow in San Francisco’s young artist program, gave it a splendid reading. “Ain’t it a pretty night” from Floyd’s 1956 Susannah no doubt inspired Gockley to commission the half-dozen subsequent operas from the composer, and Ana María Martínez sang the aria radiantly.” Harvey Steiman, Seen and Heard International - David Gockley Farwewll Gala - San Francisco Opera
“…soprano Julie Adams and baritone Edward Nelson gave superb individual performances during the first half of the evening before joining forces to close the program with a riveting account of the final scene from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin… while Nelson brought suavity and tonal radiance to ‘Pierrot’s Tanzlied’ from Korngold’s Die tote Stadt.” Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle - The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Gala - San Francisco Opera
“…Edward Nelson’s attractive Buckley made small but essential contributions to the story.” Georgia Rowe, Opera News - Lt. John Buckley in Marco Tutino’s La Ciociara - San Francisco Opera
In the 2016-2017 season, American baritone Edward Nelson makes his European debut at the Norwegian National Opera in a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande as Pelleas. He sang mainstage performances of Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and roles in the world premiere of Dream of the Red Chamber in his final season as an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera. Other appearances this season include his first performances in Hamlet at West Edge Opera and Schaunard in La bohème at Cincinnati Opera conducted by Louis Langrée. With Jessica . . . Lang Dance, he will perform Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin choreographed by Jessica Lang as The Wanderer at Chicago’s Harris Theater.
In the 2015–16 Season, Mr. Nelson performed Richard Nixon’s “News has a kind of mystery” from John Adams’ Nixon in China for the gala honoring David Gockley at the San Francisco Opera. He also performed the roles of the Second Priest in The Magic Flute, Hermann Ortel in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, L'Ami in Debussy's La chute de la Maison Usher, and Moralès in Carmen. In 2015, he created the role of Lieutenant John Buckley in the world premiere of Marco Tutino’s Two Women and is a graduate of the 2014 Merola Opera Program where he sang the title role of Don Giovanni.
Recent engagements include the Ferryman (Britten’s Curlew River) with the Mark Morris Dance Group/Tanglewood Music Festival and Montreal’s Ballet-Opéra-Pantomime, covering Miller in Montsalvatge’s El Gato con Botas with Gotham Chamber Opera, as well as the title role of Britten’s Owen Wingrave, Dandini (La Cenerentola), and Le Podestat (Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle) with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), from which he holds undergraduate and graduate degrees.
On the concert stage, he has been a soloist with the Philharmonia Baroque, American Choral Directors Association and the Reno Philharmonic. He is a grant winner from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, a national semifinalist in the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the 2014 Naumburg International Voice Competition, First Prize winner of the 2014 Corbett Opera Competition at CCM, and a winner in the 2013 Opera Columbus and 2014 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition.
(Updated January 2017)