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Rod Nelman, Bass-Baritone: Dr. Bartolo, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”.  Previous performances with El Paso Opera, Basilio in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”

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, Rod’s roles run the gamut from the comedic to the dramatic. He has performed such roles as Leporello in “Don Giovanni”, Bartolo in both “Barbiere” and “Figaro”, Mustafa in “L’italiana”, Dulcamara in “Elixir”, Magnifico in “Cenerentola”, Alfonso in “Cosi”, the title role in “Don Pasquale”, Basilio in “Barbiere”, Fasolt in “Rheingold”, Wotan and the Wanderer in ”The Ring”, Commendatore in “Giovanni”, Count Rodolpho in “Sonnambula”, Scarpia and The Sacristan in “Tosca”, Monterone in “Rigoletto”, Morosus in “Die Schweigsame Frau”, Colline and Shaunard in “La Boheme”, Timur in “Turandot”,  Dr. Grenvil in “La Traviata”, and Padre Anton in “El Gato Montes”.

He is also sought out for contemporary music such as Kissinger in “Nixon in China”, Einstein in “Einstein on Mercer Street” (Kevin Puts), Leopold Mozart in “Letters Riddles and Writs” (Michael Nyman), Kublai Khan in “Marco Polo” (Tan Dun), the title role in “Sweeney Todd”, Ben in “Regina” (Marc Blitzstein), George in “Of Mice and Men”, Blitch in “Susannah”, and Ed Cheney in “Shining Brow” (Daron Hagen).

On the concert stage he has appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony as bass soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C-minor, Virginia Symphony as bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah, El Paso Symphony as bass soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C-minor, Michigan State University Orchestra as bass Soloist in the Verdi Requiem, Lansing Symphony in a recital of Copland’s “Old American Songs”, Orlando Philharmonic in Mozart’s Concert aria “Per questa bella mano”, and Jacksonville Symphony as bass soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Future performances include Sulpice in “Daughter” with Fort Worth Opera, Dulcamara in “Elixir” with Knoxville Opera, and a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Magnifico (cover) in “Cenerentola”.