Rod Nelman, Bass-Baritone: Dr. Bartolo, â€śIl Barbiere di Sivigliaâ€ť.Â Previous performances with El Paso Opera, Basilio in â€śIl Barbiere di Sivigliaâ€ť
With a repertoire that includes over 70 roles, Rod has performed leading roles with Washington National Opera, Arena di Verona, Florida Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Nante, Kentucky Opera, Utah Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Florentine Opera, Long Beach Opera, Fort Worth Opera among others, and has been on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera since 2009.
A versatile singing actor, Rodâ€™s roles run the gamut from the comedic to the dramatic. He has performed such roles as Leporello in â€śDon Giovanniâ€ť, Bartolo in both â€śBarbiereâ€ť and â€śFigaroâ€ť, Mustafa in â€śLâ€™italianaâ€ť, Dulcamara in â€śElixirâ€ť, Magnifico in â€śCenerentolaâ€ť, Alfonso in â€śCosiâ€ť, the title role in â€śDon Pasqualeâ€ť, Basilio in â€śBarbiereâ€ť, Fasolt in â€śRheingoldâ€ť, Wotan and the Wanderer in â€ťThe Ringâ€ť, Commendatore in â€śGiovanniâ€ť, Count Rodolpho in â€śSonnambulaâ€ť, Scarpia and The Sacristan in â€śToscaâ€ť, Monterone in â€śRigolettoâ€ť, Morosus in â€śDie Schweigsame Frauâ€ť, Colline and Shaunard in â€śLa Bohemeâ€ť, Timur in â€śTurandotâ€ť,Â Dr. Grenvil in â€śLa Traviataâ€ť, and Padre Anton in â€śEl Gato Montesâ€ť.
He is also sought out for contemporary music such as Kissinger in â€śNixon in Chinaâ€ť, Einstein in â€śEinstein on Mercer Streetâ€ť (Kevin Puts), Leopold Mozart in â€śLetters Riddles and Writsâ€ť (Michael Nyman), Kublai Khan in â€śMarco Poloâ€ť (Tan Dun), the title role in â€śSweeney Toddâ€ť, Ben in â€śReginaâ€ť (Marc Blitzstein), George in â€śOf Mice and Menâ€ť, Blitch in â€śSusannahâ€ť, and Ed Cheney in “Shining Brow” (Daron Hagen).
On the concert stage he has appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony as bass soloist in Mozartâ€™s Mass in C-minor, Virginia Symphony as bass soloist in Handelâ€™s Messiah, El Paso Symphony as bass soloist in Mozartâ€™s Mass in C-minor, Michigan State University Orchestra as bass Soloist in the Verdi Requiem, Lansing Symphony in a recital of Coplandâ€™s â€śOld American Songsâ€ť, Orlando Philharmonic in Mozartâ€™s Concert aria â€śPer questa bella manoâ€ť, and Jacksonville Symphony as bass soloist in Beethovenâ€™s Ninth Symphony.
Future performances include Sulpice in â€śDaughterâ€ť with Fort Worth Opera, Dulcamara in â€śElixirâ€ť with Knoxville Opera, and a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Magnifico (cover) in â€śCenerentolaâ€ť.