Hailed as “secure and sonorous” with a “bright, flexible voice” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), soprano Erin Merceruio Nelson performs actively throughout New England and beyond. Her 2018/2019 season performances include Lady Clarence in Odyssey Opera's concert production of Saint-Saëns’ Henry VIII, Margaret in Leanna Kirchoff’s The Clever Artifice of Harriet and Margaret with Opera del West, Bea in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers with t.b.d. opera projects, and First Lady and Papagena in The Magic Flute with the Nahant Music Festival. Erin was also featured in Odyssey Opera of Boston’s production of Strauss’ Die ägyptische Helena and covered the role of Cunégonde in Opera del West’s production of Bernstein’s Candide. An avid performer of new music, Erin recently premiered the chamber work Tide Flowers by Geoffrey Gibbs at the University of Rhode Island as the soprano soloist. She was thrilled to be a recent finalist in the Vermont Vocal Competition in Brandon, VT. Other recent performances include Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Almirena in Handel’s Rinaldo, Clorinda in Rossini’s Cinderella, Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Kupava in Rimsky-Korsakov’s beloved fairy-tale, Snegurochka.
Erin has performed with The Boston Conservatory, Longwood Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, Lowell House Opera, Opera del West, MetroWest Opera, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Juventas New Music Ensemble, Piccola Opera (now Opera New Hampshire), Odyssey Opera, and Opera Breve (NY). Other recent performances include the roles of Suor Osmina in Suor Angelica, Pierrette in Offenbach’s one act Pierrette et Jacquot, Diana in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Beth in Little Women, and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro.
A native of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Erin holds an M.M. in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah University in Virginia. In addition to her work as a professional classical singer, Erin serves as the Director of Development and Operations at Shelter Music Boston.
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