Tour 2015: Introducing… Rebecca Nelsen

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A regular in European opera houses, Rebecca Nelsen makes her Glyndebourne debut as Blonde in the 2015 Glyndebourne Tour production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

Name: Rebecca Nelsen
Voice type: Soprano
Nationality: American

Career to date:
Born in New Mexico, she studied Voice at Texas Tech University and in 2003 won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She has appeared at La Fenice, Semperoper Dresden, Volksoper Wien, Garsington, Bayerische Staatsoper, Graz, Oper Köln and Munich Biennale, and has appeared as Blonde at the Salzburger Festspiele in a TV broadcast. She also appears regularly on the concert platform and has been heard with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Cleveland Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony, among others.

Opera inspiration:

“My first opera professor Gerald Dolter was the person who made me believe that a career as an opera singer was something I could achieve. I remember particularly a rehearsal of La traviata; it was my very first Violetta and I was very young, as were all of my peers. We were rehearsing that amazing scene,“Amami Alfredo”, where Violetta says goodbye to Alfredo in the garden, turning her back on her own happiness at the pleas of Alfredo’s father. Some of my co-stars were talking while I was singing. Professor Dolter stopped everything and said, “If you guys can’t respect your colleague, you can leave. You know you should really enjoy this, in a few years you’ll have to pay $100 a ticket to hear her sing.” It was the first time that I truly felt believed in as an opera singer. I am eternally grateful to him for the chances he gave me and the lessons that he taught me.”

What the critics say:

‘…Nelsen is a vocal joy as the feisty maid’
What’s On Stage

Die Entführung aus dem Serail runs at Glyndebourne until 29 October then visits Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Plymouth and Woking as part of the 2015 Glyndebourne Tour.