Mezzo-Soprano Soloist

Mary Beth Nelson – Mezzo Soprano

Mezzo-soprano Mary Beth Nelson is praised for singing with “virtuosic abandon…joyous flair and assured beauty of tone” (Opera Today) at The Glimmerglass Festival, where she sang the role of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Derrick Wang’s comedic opera Scalia/Ginsburg. Following her success as the operatic Supreme Court Justice, she was invited to Washington D.C. to perform in the winter Judicial Congressional Dialogue, as well as the Bipartisan Chiefs of Staff Initiative, where she sang for members of the Senate, House Legislation and their staff, and both the Supreme Court and Federal Court judiciary.This season Ms. Nelson makes two Lincoln Center debuts: the first with Juilliard Opera in Luigi Rossi’s production of L’Orfeo; and also her Alice Tully Hall debut as the alto soloist in the Bach B Minor Mass with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Juilliard415 and Maestro Richard Egarr. In late winter, Ms. Nelson will join Opera Delaware and Baltimore Concert Operafor her dual-company debut as Rosina in a co-production of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia.In the spring of 2022, she joins the New Juilliard Ensemble with Maestro Joel Sachs debuting Paul Frehner’s Sometimes the Devil Plays Fate, followed by her first appearance in the Messiah Festival of the Artsin Lindsborg, Kansas as a guest soloist for their annual J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Handel’s Messiah.Ms. Nelson is a finalist and encouragement award winner in the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition (2021), a prize winner and audience choice favorite in the Rochester International Vocal Competition (2020), an encouragement award winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions(2020, 2014), 1st Place winner and people’s choice award in the 16th Annual International Crescendo Music Awards, a finalist and top audience choice award winner in the 9th Annual Lois Alba Aria Competition, a recipient of a Jensen Foundationhonorarium (2020), an international semifinalist in the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition (2019), and a Career Bridges grant winner in New York City.Ms. Nelson trained as a young artist at The Glimmerglass FestivalFlorida Grand Opera Studio, and Tri-Cities Opera. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma City University, and currently she is working towards her Master of Music degree in Vocal Arts at The Juilliard School, where she studies voice with William Burden. She is a native of Orange County, California.