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 2023 season, Mr. Nelson jumped into the title role of West Bay Opera's Don Giovanni. He debuts with the Pacific Symphony as Marullo in Rigoletto, with Northern Lights Music Festival as Marcello in La Bohème, he is returning to the Spoleto Festival as Nicholas in Barber's Vanessa, and reprising one of his signature roles of Escamillo in The Tragedy of Carmen with Seaglass Theater Company. Last season had Mr. Nelson making 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 returned to Boston to sing Claudius in a highlight concert of Joseph Summer’s Hamlet in partnership with Boston Lyric Opera and to the Bar Harbor Music Festival and 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"
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