Emily Nelson’s enjoyment of a wide variety of styles has led her down diverse musical paths, from the ars subtilior to Milton Babbitt, Appalachian ballads, jazz, and the second Viennese school. In 2009, she co-founded Utopia Early Music, which has so far enjoyed five concert seasons and increasing popular success.
Emily recently sang with the Ohio Light Opera as Adele in Die Fledermaus, and as a braid-swinging Wagnerian soprano in Victor Herbert’s Dream City and the Magic Knight. Other recent roles include Blonde in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Oper im Park, St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria, Susanna from Le nozze di Figaro, and the Queen of the Night from Die Zauberflöte with Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble.
Emily holds degrees in voice, music history, and early music performance from Indiana University and the University of Utah and is currently pursuing a D.M.A. in vocal performance, studying with Julie Wright-Costa.