Hailed by Rupert Christiansen in the Daily Telegraph’s “Opera Highlights” as Best Newcomer, Benedict Nelson studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. He has won numerous prizes including 2nd prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Guildhall Gold Medal. Nelson is currently an ENO Harewood Artist.
In concert Nelson has performed under conductors including Sir Neville Marriner, David Parry, Bernard Labadie, Sir Roger Norrington and Thomas Zehetmair. Highlights include Elijah with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Brahms Requiem with BBC Symphony Orchestra under Be?lohlávek, RTÉ Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and Basel Chamber Orchestra; Duruflé Requiem with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ with Utah Symphony Orchestra under Thierry Fischer; Walton Belshazzar’s Feast with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Mozart Requiem with the CBSO under Andris Nelsons. Also a committed recitalist, Nelson has performed at Leeds Lieder, Cheltenham Festival, Snape Maltings and London Song Festival. On the opera stage, highlights include the title role in David Alden’s new production of Billy Budd, Belcore The Elixir of Love, Valentin Faust, Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream (English National Opera); Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia (Opéra Anger-Nantes); Stranger The Lady from the Sea (Scottish Opera) and Silvano Un ballo in maschera (Opera Holland Park).