American Soprano, Megan Nielson, has triumphed in roles including: title role in Tosca (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) as well as being in demand as a concert soloist. Most recently she sang Tosca with Regina Opera and Donna Anna with the Opera de Festival San Luis Potosi, in Mexico and Opera Ithaca and was named a winner of the international Linus Lerner Conocurso de Canto.
Declared “Superb” by Voce di Meche 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 Wyat'ss Il Sogno with Metropolis Opera Project in NYC and also sang the role of Melisande in Sheldon Harnick's rarely performed opera, Frustration. A district finalist 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. Ms. Nielson has received praise by the industry's top judges, conductors and coaches for her exciting lyric spinto voice. 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. After performing the role of Judith in Opera Ithaca’s inaugural production of Bluebeard’s Castle, Ms. Nielson returned to Opera Ithaca performing Donna Anna in their new production of Don Giovanni directed by R.B. Schlather. In 2016 Ms. Nielson performed in various orchestra concerts with The Riverside Opera Company of New York and sang the role of Suor Angelica with Chelsea Opera, as well as Opera Ithaca's Gala.
This summer Ms. Nielson will be joining the Miami Wagner Institute, working with Kathleen Kelly, Alan Held, and Christine Brewer and will be performing the 3rd Norn at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Upcoming engagements include Tatiana with Utopia Opera, Santuzza in Panama City and Nedda and Tosca with Opera Ithaca. Ms. Nielson is a student of Ms. Laura Brooks Rice and coaches with Mr. Thomas Bagwell.