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), Lieutenant Gordon in Silent Night (Opera North), Sid in Albert Herring (The Grange Festival), Antenor in Dardanus (English Touring Opera), Dr Falke in Die Fledermaus (Diva Opera) and multiple roles at the London Handel Festival. He has also covered the roles of Ramiro in L’Heure Espagnole and Malatesta in Don Pasquale (Glyndebourne), Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore and Dandini in La Cenrentola (Opera North), Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream (English National Opera) and Solanio in The Merchant of Venice (Welsh National Opera). Future performances include Mustafa in L'Italiana in Algeri (Diva Opera) and return to Opera North in the Autumn of 2019.


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