Composer Opera Role
L. v. Beethoven Fidelio Marzellina
A. Berg Lulu Lulu*
J. Casken God’s Liar The Women
C. Cech/C. Monteverdi Orfeo Eurydike
G. Donizetti La fille du régiment Marie*
L’elisir d’amore Adina*
Don Pasquale Norina*
P. Eötvös Paradise Reloaded (Lilith) Eve
C. W. Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice Euridice
E. Kálmán Die Csárdásfürstin Stasi
C. Kolonovits Vivaldi- Die Fünfte Jahreszeiten Annina
E. Künnecke Der Vetter aus Dingsda Julia de Weert
M. F. Lange Das Gespenst von Canterville Frauke Beeke Hansen
F. Lehár Die Lustige Witwe Hanna
F. Loewe Brigadoon Fiona MacClaren
J. S. Mayr Fedra Ippolito
J. Haydn Orlando Paladino Euralia
P. Hindemith Cardillac Daughter
E. Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel Gretel
W. A. Mozart Cosi fan tutte Despina, Fiordiligi
Die Entführung aus dem Serail Konstanze
Die Zauberflöte Pamina
Don Giovanni Donna Anna
Le Nozze di Figaro Susanna
O. Nicolai Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor Anna*
J. Offenbach Les Contes d’Hoffmann Olympia
G. Puccini Gianni Schicchi Lauretta
La Bohème Musetta
G. Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia Rosina
Il Turco in Italia Fiorilla
J. Strauss Die Fledermaus Adele
R. Strauss Der Rosenkavalier Sophie
I. Strawinsky The Rake’s Progress Anne Trulove*
M. Tippett The Knot Garden Flora
G. Verdi La Traviata Violetta
Rigoletto Gilda*
Un Ballo in Maschera Oscar*

*not yet performed on stage


Rebecca Nelsen

Rebecca Nelsen recently made her debut as Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow at the Vienna Volksoper to great acclaim. Other roles for the 2020/21 season at the Vienna Volksoper, where she holds a contract as a member of the ensemble, will include: Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Frauke Beeke Hansen (Das Gespenst von Canterville), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Violetta (La Traviata), and Gilda (Rigoletto). She will also debut the role of Alice Ford at the Malmö Opera this November and sing a series of concerts with the Bochum Symphony in early 2021.

Following her 'barnstorming' debut at the Leipzig Opera as Lulu in 2018, Rebecca Nelsen sang the soprano role in Berg's Lulu Suite on a European tour with the London Philharmonia and renowned Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Other plans for 2019/20 included her return to the Vienna Volksoper as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Eurydike (Orpheus in der Unterwelt), Fiona MacClaren (Brigadoon), and Frauke-Beeke Hansen in the Austrian premiere of Marius Felix Lange's Das Gespenst von Canterville. In early 2020, she made her debut at the Grand Théâtre de Genève singing Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

In 2018/19, the American soprano returned to the Malmö Opera as Violetta in a new Olivier Py production of La traviata, as well as making her house debut at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo with Konstanze in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail. The season began with three roles at the Vienna Volksoper: Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. In February 2019 she sang the role of Clara in a concert performance of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess and in June 2019 she appeared as Eurydice in the revival of Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, both at the Vienna Volksoper.

For her June 2018 Leipzig Opera house debut in the title role of Alban Berg's Lulu, Rebecca's performance was described by the German press as 'perfectly cast', 'terrific' and 'a barnstorming role debut, both as a singer and actress'. In 2017/18, she also earned rave reviews for her transformation into the iconic Marilyn Monroe for the European premiere of Gavin Bryars' Marilyn Forever at the Vienna Volksoper. Other Volksoper appearances last season included Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Laura in Der BettelstudentValencienne in Die lustige Witwe, Annina Giró in Vivaldi - Die fünfte Jahreszeit, as well as a return to the roles of Pamina, Adele, Violetta Valéry and Susanna.

After her June 2016 Perm Opera house debut as Violetta in a La traviata conducted by Teodor Currentzis and staged by Robert Wilson, Rebecca began the 2016/17 season with performances of the same role at the Vienna Volksoper. In November 2016 she debuted with Malmö Opera, where she starred as Susanna in a new production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro directed by Peter Stein. Appearances at the Vienna Volksoper during this season included her role debut as Rosina in The Barber of SevilleAnnina Giró in a new production of Vivaldi - Die fünfte Jahreszeit, Pamina in Die ZauberflöteAdele in Die Fledermaus, and Laura in Der Bettelstudent. She also appeared at the Vienna Musikverein as the soprano soloist in performances of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Tonkünstler Orchestra.

In 2015/16 Rebecca made her Glyndebourne Festival debut as Blondchen in the touring production of Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail. During the holiday season, she appeared as the soprano soloist in New Year's Concerts at the Vienna Musikverein and other cities in Lower Austria with the Tonkünster Orchestra. Her appearances at the Vienna Volksoper included PaminaGretelAdele, Violetta, Corilla (Viva la Mamma), Marzinah in a concert performance of Kismet, and Laura in a new production of Der Bettelstudent.

In summer 2013 the artist made her Salzburg Festival debut as Blonde in a new, live-TV production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail in cooperation with Servus TV, released on DVD (Arthaus). In November 2014 at the Maison de Radio France in Paris, she performed in a special carte blanche concert for Peter Eötvös in his 70th birthday year with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Ensemble Intercontemporain.

After studies at Vienna's University of Music and the Performing Arts on a Fulbright scholarship, Texan soprano Rebecca Nelsen launched her career with critically acclaimed performances at the Neue Oper Wien, where she most recently sang the role of Eva in the world premiere of Peter Eötvös' Lilith - Paradise Reloaded in Vienna and at the Palace of the Arts in Budapest with a CD recording.

In 2007 she joined the ensemble of the Braunschweig State Theater, where she sang roles including Gilda, Musetta, Blondchen, Sophie (Die Rosenkavalier), Countess Stasi (Die Csárdásfürstin), Cardillac's daughter (Cardillac), Eurilla (Orlando Paladino), and the breeches role of Ippolito in the German premiere of Johann Simon Mayr's Fedra. The repertoire she built up in Braunschweig quickly led to opportunities for important guest engagements in internationally acclaimed houses and festivals across Europe, including principal roles at the Bavarian State Opera, Aalto Theater Essen, Semperoper Dresden, Cologne Opera, Angers-Nantes Opéra, Teatro La Fenice, Garsington Opera, the Bregenz Festival and the prestigious Munich Biennale.

Rebecca Nelsen is currently an ensemble member at the Vienna Volksoper, where she regularly sings Violetta,  Pamina,  Susanna, Grete, and Adele, among other roles. She regularly appears on the concert platform and has been heard with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Bochum Symphony, to name a few. She has an extensive discography and can be heard in Radek (ORF), Fedra (Oehms Classics), Momo Creation (iTunes) and The Brothers (CPO). She has also recorded the Songs of Walter Arlen with the Gramola label.



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March 5, 2024

Rebecca Nelsen sings Violetta Valéry at the Wiener Volksoper

Toi Toi Toi to the wonderful Rebecca Nelsen who is singing the title role of Violetta Valéry in Verdi’s La Traviata tonight!

The Wiederaufnahme of Hans Gratzer’s acclaimed production is conducted by Alexander Joel.

July 5, 2023

Rebecca Nelsen sings with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

Soprano Rebecca Nelsen sings Ella Milch Sheriff’s “Farewell (Abschied)” to lyrics by Else Lasker Schüler under the musical direction of Steven Sloane.

June 18, 2023

Rebecca Nelsen sings Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail

American soprano sings Konstanze in the new production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, directed by Nurkan Erpulat at the Volksoper Wien. The premiere was conducted by Alfred Eschwé.

May 10, 2023

Rebecca Nelsen celebrates her house debut at the Royal Danish Opera

American soprano Rebecca Nelsen jumped in as Violetta Valéry in the La traviata production of David Radok under the musical direction of Sesto Quatrini. Her performance was met with standing ovations.

April 4, 2023

Rebecca Nelsen makes her role debut as Contessa

The wonderful American soprano made her successful role debut as Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro at the Wiener Volksoper under the baton of Alfred Eschwé and the stage direction of Marco Arturo Marelli.

March 25, 2023

Rebecca Nelsen sings the world premiere of Die letzte Verschwörung

Soprano Rebecca Nelsen sings Lara Lechner, eine Flat-Eartherin / das SYSTEM in the world premiere of Die letzte Verschwörung, a Mythos-Operette by Moritz Eggert at the Volksoper Wien which also commissioned the piece.

The production was directed by the theater’s artistic director Lotte de Beer and conducted by Steven Sloane.

February 27, 2023

Rebecca Nelsen sings Violetta at the Volksoper Wien

The talented American soprano Rebecca Nelsen sang the title role of La Traviata at the Volksoper Wien under the baton of Omer Meir Wellber. Her performance was met with great acclaim.

December 20, 2022

Rebecca Nelsen jumps in as Susanna in Malmö

The amazing American soprano Rebecca Nelsen is jumping in as Susanna in Peter Stein’s Le nozze di Figaro production at Malmö Opera tonight.

November 8, 2022

Rebecca Nelsen makes her role debut as Mimì in La Bohème.

American soprano Rebecca Nelsen made her much acclaimed role debut as Mimì in Harry Kupfer’s iconic La Bohème production at the Volksoper Wien. The production was conducted by Omer Meir Wellber.

January 22, 2022

Rebecca Nelsen makes a house debut at Oper Frankfurt!

On Saturday Jan 22 Rebecca sings Hanna Glawari in Léhar’s Die lustige Witwe under the baton of Sebastian Weigle in an acclaimed production by Claus Guth.