Irish-American baritone John Allen Nelson is known for his “deliciously hearty sound” with “uniformity from top to bottom” paired with his clean musicality. His “full body approach” to acting always makes him an audience favorite.
In the 2024 season Mr. Nelson debuts with Bel Cantanti Opera in Washington D.C. as Simone in Gianni Schicchi and in the title role of Aleko. Later in the season he debuts in his home state of Minnesota at Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra as the bass soloist in Mozart's Vespers and returns to Pacific Symphony as Schaunard in La Bohème. In the 2023 season Mr. Nelson jumped in to the title role of West Bay Opera's Don Giovanni and debuted with the Pacific Symphony as Marullo in Rigoletto and with Northern Lights Music Festival as Marcello in La Bohème. He also returned to the Spoleto Festival as Nicholas in Barber's Vanessa and reprised one of his signature roles of Escamillo in The Tragedy of Carmen with Seaglass Theater Company. In 2022, Mr. Nelson made his company debuts with Opera Ithaca as Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, with the Spoleto Festival as Alcindoro in La Bohème and with Lubbock Symphony as Imperial Commissioner and Sharpless cover in Madama Butterfly. He also returned to the Bar Harbor Music Festival where he sang Schaunard in La Bohème. In 2021, he appeared as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with the Bar Harbor Music Festival and made his company debut as the Ufficiale and Figaro cover in Il Barbière di Siviglia with Finger Lakes Opera.
"...his bold, rounded singing elicits the same earthy satisfaction as a great glass of Cabernet."
"....John Allen Nelson, an overtly masculine presence as Marcello."
-The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"Last-minute sub makes for a devilishly good bad boy in West Bay Opera's 'Don Giovanni'"
"From note one, it was apparent that Nelson possesses a baritone as smooth as liquid silver, and the proper mixture of charisma and child-like glee to portray one of opera's favorite bad boys"
by Michael J. Vaughn- Palo Alto Weekly
"...Imbues toreador Escamillo with Nathan Fillion-esque charm." - Cherry and Spoon
"John Allen Nelson sang Escamillo's famous 'Toreador Song' rousingly"