Mary Nelson - soprano
Born in Northern Ireland, Mary Nelson was recently elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music where she studied.
She made her debut with English National Opera as Wood Nymph Rusalka, followed by Amor Orpheus and Eurydice and Belinda Dido and Aeneas. An ENO Company Principal from 1999 to 2004 subsequent roles included Susanna, Pamina, Dalinda Ariodante, Atalanta Xerxes, Trash The Fairy Queen (with performances in the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona), and Lucia The Rape of Lucretia for ENO and the Aldeburgh Festival, also broadcast on BBC TV and Radio 3.
Other roles include Carolina The Secret Marriage (Opera North), Gilda Rigoletto, Micaela Carmen (Castleward Opera) Piacere in Handelís Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Early Opera Company), Ismene Mitradate (Classical Opera Company) and Echo in a concert performance of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Barbican with the City of London Sinfonia conducted by Richard Hickox. She also sang Poulencís Gloria and Faureís La FÍte …trange at the Royal Opera House. She recently made her role debut as Nedda (Stanley Hall Opera).
An experienced oratorio and concert soloist, her many performances include Mozartís Requiem and Bachís St. Matthew Passion with the City of London Sinfonia at the Barbican, Vivaldiís La Senna Festeggiante with The Kingís Consort in The Netherlands and Spain, Purcellís Dido and Aeneas and Handelís Gloria with the Irish Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Nicholas McGegan), Bachís St. John Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Brittenís Les Illuminations and Handelís Gloria for the Israel Camerata, and Brahmsí Requiem with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with conductors including Christian Curnyn, Jane Glover, Thierry Fischer, David Hill, Richard Hickox, John Nelson, Kenneth Montgomery and Takuo Yuasa with orchestras including the Academy of Ancient Music, BBC Concert Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Hallť Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra. Her international engagements include appearances with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Camerata, Music of the Baroque (Chicago), La Serenissima, and the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra.
She has also sung Sandman Hansel and Gretel and Mendelssohnís A Midsummer Nightís Dream at the BBC Proms. Her recordings include Mendelssohn Symphony No. 2 (Naxos), Georg Schumannís Jerusalem, du hochgebaute Stadt (Guild Music) and Vivaldi Cantatas (Gaudeamus). On the recital platform she has given concerts at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Kettleís Yard (Cambridge), the Honiton, Chester, Gower, Cambridge festivals and Queenís Festival, Belfast. She also recently undertook a recital tour of Argentina to great critical acclaim.
Some recent engagements include Faureís Requiem with Thierry Fischer and Northern Sinfonia, Mozartís Exsultate Jubilate and Mahlerís Fourth Symphony with John Nelson and the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Haydnís Creation with the Prague Philharmonic and Jakub Hrusa, Rossiniís Stabat Mater with the Ulster Orchestra, the role of Arbace in Vivaldiís Catone in Utica with La Serenissima in Venice and Pergolesiís Stabat Mater with the Irish Baroque Orchestra.
The current season includes Haydnís Scena di Berenice and Poulencís Gloria with the Ulster Orchestra, Messiah with the Bristol Choral Society, and Handelís Gloria with the Irish Baroque Orchestra. Plans include Mahlerís Fourth Symphony with the RT… National Symphony Orchestra and Brahms German Requiem with the Midland Festival Chorus.