Watch: CCM Alumnus Edward Nelson Wins Glyndebourne Opera Cup

CCM alumnus Edward Nelson (BM Voice, 2011; MM Voice, 2013) took home the first prize award at the 2020 Glyndebourne Opera Cup, an international competition designed to discover and spotlight the best young opera singers from around the world. Dame Janet Baker, the competition’s honorary president, gave Nelson his trophy, which was inspired by the golden lyre that Baker used in Glyndebourne’s 1982 production of Orfeo ed Euridice.

This prize includes £15,000 (about $18,400 in U.S. currency) and the guarantee of a professional role at a top international opera house. The members of the deciding jury included opera legends Sumi Jo, Sir Thomas Allen and Dame Felicity Lott, as well as other industry professionals.

Following preliminary rounds in Cape Town, Berlin, London, Milan, Paris, Vienna and New York, six singers advanced to compete in the Glyndebourne Opera Cup final, accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Nelson performed two dramatic arias from Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet before sealing his win with a spectacular performance of “Largo al factotum” from The Barber of Seville. His winning performance is available to watch online at YouTube.

Nelson recently made his European debut with the Norwegian premiere of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande at the Norwegian National Opera. His performances were well-reviewed, despite his having learned the role in just four weeks. Bachtrack.com said that “Nelson impressed with a ringing baritone, excellent French diction and a surprisingly easy top [register].”

This season, Nelson appears with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Vancouver Opera as Figaro in The Barber of Seville, with San Francisco Opera as Bosun in Billy Budd and with the Saint Louis Symphony in Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. Read more about Nelson’s professional accomplishments.


Story by CCM Graduate Student Alexandra Doyle

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CCM Video: WCPO News Features CCM’s Opera Boot Camp

CCM's "Realizing Rossini" summer workshop, featured on WCPO TV.

CCM’s “Realizing Rossini” summer workshop, featured on WCPO TV.

Tune in to Cincinnati’s WCPO Channel 9 noon newscast today, as Arts Reporter Matt Peiken provides a look inside CCM’s Realizing Rossini opera boot camp. Conductors and pianists, along with a carefully selected cast, are participating in this one-of-a-kind experience while in residence at CCM.

You can view the entire segment online here.

A complete schedule of summer opera performances is listed below, with highlights including semi-staged productions of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Cinderella.

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CCM Spotlights Talented Young Performers and Acclaimed Guest Artists During Summer Performance Series

CCM's summer performance schedule for 2013 includes two semi-staged operas.

CCM’s summer performance schedule for 2013 includes two semi-staged operas.

Young artists from all corners of the globe will make their way to Cincinnati this summer to work with CCM’s world-class faculty and renowned guest artists while in residence at the state-of-the-art CCM Village.

CCM offers a wide array of high caliber summer programs and the general public can experience the artistry themselves during a series of public performances and guest artist recitals scheduled for June and July of 2013.

A complete schedule of summer performances is listed below, with highlights including semi-staged productions of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and La Cenerentola, the World Piano Competition Artist Division Finalists Concert featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Associate Conductor Robert Treviño and guest artist recitals by acclaimed pianists Stephen Prutsman, Russell Sherman, Yoshikazu Nagai, CCM Artist-in-Residence Awadagin Pratt and more.

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CCM Announces 2013 Summer Programs

CCM Announces Summer Programs for 2013

CCM is pleased to announce an exciting lineup of Summer Programs for 2013. Students from around the world have the opportunity to work with CCM’s world-class faculty and renowned guest artists while in residence at the state-of-the-art CCM Village.

These high caliber summer opportunities are open to CCM and non-CCM students alike. For a full list of summer programs organized by discipline, please visit ccm.uc.edu/summer. Learn more about this year’s summer opportunities after the jump!

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