Megan Nielson has triumphed in roles including Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly (Regina Opera), Nedda in Pagliacci (Opera Ithaca & Amore Opera), Tatiana in Eugene Onegin (Utopia Opera), the title role in Tosca (New York Opera, Opera Ithaca, 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), the title role in Suor Angelica (Chelsea Opera & Manhattan Opera Studio), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Fiordigligi in Così fan tutte, and Meg March in Little Women (Knoxville Opera).
In January of 2019, Ms. Nielson performed Salome’s Final scene from Strauss’ opera in recital at Juilliard with pianist Dror Baitel, the scene was prepared by Lydia Brown and Diane Richardson. This February she will sing the role of Congress woman Grace Hennesy, in Crude Capital, a new opera by Michael Lanci, with Beth Morrison Projects’ Next Generation, at National Sawdust, and in March will perform with Opera Theater of Connecticut on their Star Crossed Lovers in Opera concert at the Sanibel Music Festival.
In fall of 2018, she was chosen to participate in New York Singing Teachers Association Jennifer Rowley’s master class, and performed a solo recital, The Airs Remain at the University of Houston and Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, NY with pianist Jessica Myers and directed by Ellen Jackson. The program included Strauss’s Four Last Songs, and works by Chaminade, Laitman, Resphighi and Cesti, she was also resident artist with the Orchard Project in Saratoga Springs, NY.
In summer of 2018 she returned to Miami to perform Elsa in Act II of Lohengrin, fully staged with orchestra at the Symphony Center. While in residence, she worked with director Antoine Wagner (Wagner’s great-great grandson), Robert Morrison, Linda Watson, and Alan Held. South Florida Classical Review said of her performance, “As Elsa, the soprano Megan Nielson sang with tones steely… with deep emotion and impassioned tones.” In the summer of 2017, Ms. Nielson was first 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 Götterdämmerung’s at the Adrienne Arsht Center. In 2017 she sang Elsa’s Euch Lüften from Lohengrin in New Amsterdam Opera’s Wagner’s Concert with Keith Chamber, and performed highlights from Madama Butterfly and Eugene Onegin with full orchestra at St Jean Baptiste Church’s Gala concert in Manhattan.
Voce di Meche declared her “superb in the title role” of Suor Angelica and for her performance of Nedda said, “Notable was her full rich tone and affecting acting. Just watching her increasing panic as the drama progressed was a lesson in acting.” She’s 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 in new works. 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. In 2018, she was a resident artist with the Orchard Project in Saratoga Springs, NY.
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, the Mangin Memorial Award at Shreveport Opera’s Competition in 2016, and finalist with the Jensen Foundation in 2017.
She received her Bachelor’s 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..