Timothy Nelson gained a degree in Physiology from Cardiff University before studying with Peter Savidge at the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where he was awarded the McCulloch Prize for Opera. He was a Jerwood Young Artist at the Glyndebourne Festival; a winner of Bruce Millar Gulliver Prize, the RCM Joan Chissell Schumann Competition and the Gerald Moore Award Singers Prize; and was a recipient of an Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells Postgraduate Voice Fellowship.


Operatic experience includes Nathan in Pleasure (Opera North/ROH), Sid in Albert Herring (The Grange Festival), Antenor in Dardanus (English Touring Opera), the Title Role in Le Nozze di Figaro, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Ramiro in Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole and Don Pomponio in Rossini’s La Gazzetta (RCM International Opera School), multiple roles at the London Handel Festival and the covers of Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd, Ramiro in L’Heure Espagnole and The Clock and The Cat in L’Enfant et les Sortilegès, (Glyndebourne), Malatesta in Don Pasquale (Glyndebourne Touring Opera) and Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore (Opera North). Future performances include Falke in Die Fledermaus (Diva Opera) and Lieutenant Gordon in Silent Night (Opera North).


Recent solo performances include Karl Jenkins The Armed Man at the Royal Albert Hall; Handel Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall, London Handel Festival and Leith Hill Festival; Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle at The Three Choirs Festival; Bach St Matthew Passion at Gloucester and Guildford Cathedrals, Mozart Requiem at St Martin-in-the-Fields; Haydn Creation with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the English Haydn Festival; Bach St John Passion at Cadogan Hall; Handel Chandos Anthems for London Handel Festival and Bernstein Mass at the  BBC Proms.


Timothy is grateful for the support of the H R Taylor Trust, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The Josephine Baker Trust and the William Gibbs Educational Trust.


Away from singing, Timothy is an avid rugby and cricket fan and a keen golfer.  He can often be found on the golf course trying to lower his handicap.

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Papageno - Die Zauberflöte

Royal College of Music, 2014

Photo: Chris Christodolou