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Timothy Nelson


Timothy Nelson gained a degree in Physiology from Cardiff University before studying with Peter Savidge at the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where he was awarded the McCulloch Prize for Opera. He was a Jerwood Young Artist at the Glyndebourne Festival; a winner of Bruce Millar Gulliver Prize, the RCM Joan Chissell Schumann Competition and the Gerald Moore Award Singers Prize; and was a recipient of an Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells Postgraduate Voice Fellowship.

In the current season engagements include a tour of Gilbert and Sullivan concerts with Tarantara!; Bach Christmas Oratorio with Polyphony and the Britten Sinfonia; and Zurga (cover) in The Pearl Fishers for Opera North.

Operatic performances include Marcello La bohème and Lieutenant Gordon Silent Night (Opera North); Nathan in the world premiere of Pleasure (Opera North/Aldeburgh/ROH); Sid Albert Herring (The Grange Festival); Anténor Dardanus (English Touring Opera); and Mustafa L’italiana in Algeri, Falke Die Fledermaus and Escamillo Carmen (Diva Opera). Roles at the RCM International Opera School include Figaro Le nozze di Figaro, Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Ramiro L’heure espagnole and Don Pomponio Rossini’s La gazzetta; and multiple roles at the London Handel Festival.

He has also covered roles including Ramiro L’heure espagnole and Malatesta Don Pasquale (Glyndebourne); Belcore L’elisir d’amore and Dandini La Cenerentola (Opera North); Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream (English National Opera); and Solanio The Merchant of Venice (Welsh National Opera).

Recent solo performances include Karl Jenkins The Armed Man at the Royal Albert Hall; Handel Messiah livestreamed for the London Handel Festival and at the Royal Festival Hall; Rossini Petite messe solennelle at The Three Choirs Festival; Haydn Creation with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the English Haydn Festival; Bach St. John Passion at Cadogan Hall; and the world premiere of Some Call it Home with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Away from singing, Timothy is an avid rugby and cricket fan and a keen golfer.  He can often be found on the golf course trying to lower his handicap.

Steven Swales Artist Management represents Timothy Nelson worldwide


Elviro / Serse / Figure Ensemble at Opera Holland Park / 2022
“…the Leporello-like Elviro and the sisters’ father, Ariodate, were both well sung and acted by Timothy Nelson…”

“Timothy Nelson provided much-needed comic relief as Elviro, Arsamene’s servant and Ariodate, Romilda and Atalanta’s father, whilst also demonstrating a flexible full-toned baritone.”

Marcello / La bohème / Opera North / 2019
“…a strong ensemble of singers who will surely go on to greater future recognition, especially Timothy Nelson’s Marcello and Samantha Clarke’s Musetta. Visitors to the Grange Festival may recall Timothy’s outstanding Sid in the classic production of Albert Herring, and here he sang the role of the hapless painter with similar commitment and freshness.”

Mustafa / L’italiana in Algeri / Diva Opera / 2019
“The Mustafa of Timothy Nelson deploys a stage presence and voice full of mischief, austerity and buffoonery depending on the situation. The timbre is handsome, assertive and brilliant, rich with a depth that never borders on excessive seriousness.  A tool that gives the English baritone an undeniable charisma.”


English National Opera

25, 27, 29, 30 Nov | 3, 7, 9, 10 Dec 2022

Heggie: It’s a Wonderful Life
Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Director: Aletta Collins

Britten Sinfonia

12, 13 Dec 2022

Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Conductor: Stephen Layton

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