In the summer of 2013 Zachary Nelson will return to the Santa Fe Opera as Figaro in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. In 2013-14 he will join the ensemble of the Dresden Staatsoper performing the roles of the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte and Marcello in Puccini’s La Boheme. In the summer of 2014 he will return to Santa Fe Opera in the role of Malatesta in Don Pasquale. Currently in his final year at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, his roles have included Golaud in Pélleas et Mélisande, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Mandryka in Arabella, Michele in Il Tabarro, the Haushofmeister in Capriccio, Sancho in Don Quichotte, and the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff. During the 2011-12 season he debuted with Lyric Opera of Virginia as Germont in La Traviata. In that same season he joined the Santa Fe Opera as Angelotti in Tosca while covering the role of Mandryka in Arabella.
Other roles he has recently performed include Quinault, Adriana Lecouvreur, The Opera Orchestra of New York; Sciarrone, Tosca; Title role (cover), Le nozze di Figaro, Glimmerglass Opera; Don Alfonso, Cosi Fan Tutte, Achilla and Curio, Giulio Cesare, Martin,Candide, Belcore, L’Elisir D’Amore, the Painter, Life in Death, Mr. Webb, Our Town, Marcello,La bohème, all with The Catholic University of America; Morales, Escamillo, Carmen, Summer Opera Theater Company; Marcello, La bohème, Antonio, Le nozze di Figaro, both with Bel Cantanti Opera.
Zachary has recently garnered top prizes in many prestigious competitions including the 2012 first prize at the Licia Albanese Competition, George London Vocal Competition, Liederkranz Competition, and the Opera Index Vocal Competition. In 2011 he secured the Second Prize in the Guilio Gari International Vocal Competition, the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, and the Loren L. Zachary Society Vocal Competition. Also in 2011 he was awarded an Encouragement Award from Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New England), and in 2009 was a Recipient of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Vocal Performance Award. In 2008 he was a Recipient of The Summer Opera Theater Company Guild Scholarship.