Rod Nelman, Bass-Baritone
With a repertoire that includes over 70 roles, Rod has performed leading roles with Washington National Opera, Arena di Verona, Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Nante, Kentucky Opera, Utah Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Florentine Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Long Beach Opera among others, and has been on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera since 2009.
A versatile singing actor, Rod’s roles run the gamut from the comedic to the dramatic. He has performed Leporello in “Don Giovanni”, Bartolo in both “Barbiere” and “Figaro”, Mustafa in “L’italiana”, Dulcamara in “Elixir”, Don Magnifico in “Cenerentola”, Alfonso in “Cosi”, the title role in “Don Pasquale”, Osmin in “Abduction”, Basilio in “Barbiere”, Mephistopheles in “Faust”, Fasolt in “Rheingold”, Wotan and the Wanderer in ”The Ring”, Commendatore in “Giovanni”, Count Rodolfo in “Sonnambula”, Scarpia and The Sacristan in “Tosca”, Monterone in “Rigoletto”, Morosus in “Die Schweigsame Frau”, Colline and Shaunard in “La Boheme”, Timur in “Turandot”, Dr. Grenvil in “La Traviata”, and Padre Anton in “El Gato Montes”.
An accomplished musician his vast repertoire includes contemporary works such as Kissinger in “Nixon in China”, Einstein in “Einstein on Mercer Street” (Kevin Puts), Leopold Mozart in “Letters Riddles and Writs” (Michael Nyman), Kublai Khan in “Marco Polo” (Tan Dun), the title role in “Sweeney Todd”, Ben in “Regina” (Marc Blitzstein), Wesener in “Soldaten” (Manfred Gurlitt), Cheney in “Shining Brow” (Daron Hagen), George in “Of Mice and Men” and Blitch in “Susannah”.
On the concert stage he has appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony as bass soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C-minor, Virginia Symphony as bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah, El Paso Symphony as bass soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C-minor, Michigan State University Orchestra as bass Soloist in the Verdi Requiem, Lansing Symphony in a recital of Copland’s “Old American Songs”, Orlando Philharmonic in Mozart’s Concert aria “Per questa bella mano”, and Jacksonville Symphony as bass soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Future performances include Dulcamara in “Elixir” with Knoxville Opera and Shreveport Opera, a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Don Magnifico (cover) in “Cenerentola” and Don Alfonso (cover) in “Cosi”, Bartolo in “Barbiere with the Santa Fe Concert Association, and Benoit/Alcindoro in “Boheme” with Lyric Opera of Kansas City.