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Rod Nelman

Assistant Professor of Voice

With a repertoire that includes over 70 roles, Nelman has performed leading roles with Washington National Opera, Arena di Verona, Long Beach Opera, Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Nante, Kentucky Opera, Utah Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Florentine Opera, and Fort Worth Opera, among others, and he has been on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera since 2009.

A versatile singing actor, Nelman’s roles run the gamut from the comedic to the dramatic. He has performed Leporello in Don Giovanni, Bartolo in bothBarbiere and Figaro, Mustafa in L’italiana, Dulcamara in Elixir, Don Magnifico inCenerentola, Sulpice in Daughter, 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 inGiovanni, 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 inRegina (Marc Blitzstein), Wesener in Soldaten (Manfred Gurlitt), George in Of Mice and Men and Blitch in Susannah.

On the concert stage, he has appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony and El Paso Symphony as bass soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Virginia Symphony as bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah, 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, Bartolo in Barbiere with the Santa Fe Concert Association, Benoit and Alcindoro in La Bohème with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Dulcamara in Elixir with Shreveport Opera, bass soloist in Stravinky’s Pulcinella with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony, and also with Chicago Opera Theatre, and a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Don Magnifico (cover) in Cenerentola and Don Alfonso (cover) in Cosi.

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