American Soprano, Megan Nielson, has triumphed in roles including: Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Regina Opera), Tatiana in Eugene Onegin (Utopia Opera), the title role of Tosca (Opera Ithaca, Metropolis Opera Project, Regina Opera & Chelsea Opera), Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Festival Opera de San Luis – Mexico & Opera Ithaca), Judith in Bluebeard's Castle (Opera Ithaca), Mimì in La Bohème (CoOperative), Chrysothemis in Elektra (Manhattan Opera Studio), title role in Suor Angelica (Chelsea Opera & Manhattan Opera Studio), Nedda in Pagliacci (Amore Opera), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Fiordigligi in Così fan tutte, Meg March in Little Women (Knoxville Opera).
Declared “Superb” by Voce di Meche who noted her "artistry is undeniable" and praised by Opera News for her "engaging" presence and full "bloom", Ms. Nielson is a versatile singer who thrives in traditional repertoire as well as new work. She created the role of Ermia in the World Premiere of Kristin Hevner Wyatt’s Il Sogno with Metropolis Opera Project in NYC and also sang the role of Melisande in Sheldon Harnick's rarely performed opera, Frustration.
This past summer Ms. Nielson was chosen to participate in the Miami Wagner Institute, working with Brad Moore, Peter Grunberg, Alan Held, and Christine Brewer and performed the 3rd Norn in the Götterdämmerung opening scene at the Adrienne Arsht Center. After performing the role of Judith in Opera Ithaca’s inaugural production of Bluebeard’s Castle, Donna Anna in their 2016 production of Don Giovanni (directed by R.B. Schlather), she returned to Ithaca to sing Nedda in Pagliacci (Fall 2017) and Tosca (Spring 2018), and returnied to Regina Opera to sing Cio-Cio-San in their Spring 2018 production of Madama Butterfly.
Competitions include district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Austria's Meistersinger Competition, The Orpheus Competition, winner of the University of Tennessee Concerto Competition and a Career Bridges Grantee, she was selected the winner of the Lorena Bessey Mangin Memorial Award at Shreveport Opera’s Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition in 2016, as well as a Finalist with the Jensen Foundation Vocal Competition in 2017.
She received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Kansas City - Missouri and her Masters in Voice and Pedagogy from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She has enjoyed residencies with young artist programs including Sarasota Opera, Knoxville Opera, Bay View Music Festival, American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz and Princeton’s CoOPERAtive.
Ms. Nielson is a student of Ms. Laura Brooks Rice and coaches with Mr. Thomas Bagwell.