Born in London, Timothy Nelson gained a degree in Physiology from Cardiff University. In 2015, he graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where he studied with Peter Savidge and was awarded the McCulloch Prize for Opera. He was the winner of the Bruce Millar Gulliver Prize, the RCM Joan Chissell Schumann Competition and the Gerald Moore Award Singers Prize, is a Jerwood Young Artist at the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival and is a recipient of an Independent Opera at Postgraduate Voice Fellowship. His studies were generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the HR Taylor Trust.
At the RCM, he sang Figaro Le nozze di Figaro, Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Ramiro L’heure espagnole and Don Pomponio La Gazzetta for the Royal College of Music International Opera School.
A Finalist at the London Handel Singing Competition, his operatic experience further includes Erasto Giove in Argo, Argenio Imeneo and Berardo Riccardo Primo for the London Handel Festival and the title role inSweeney Todd for Welsh National Youth Opera. He has covered Novice’s Friend Billy Budd and The Wig Maker Ariadne auf Naxos for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and for Glyndebourne, he also covered Novice’s Friend Billy Budd at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York.
Timothy Nelson performs regularly in concert. He appeared in Bernstein’s Mass at the 2012 BBC Proms and his engagements have further included J. S. Bach St John Passion and Fauré Requiem at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, J. S. Bach St Matthew Passion and Elijah at Llandaff Cathedral, Israel in Egypt at the London Handel Festival, Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall, Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the Brunel Sinfonia at the Colston Hall, Bristol, and Mozart Requiem for the Hexham Festival, as well as the world premiere of Remember (a commission for orchestra and baritone soloist by Edward Gregson) at the Cadogan Hall.
During 2015 / 2016 Timothy Nelson creates Nathan in Mark Simpson’s Pleasure for Opera North and the Royal Opera, London, and his current engagements further include Sid Albert Herring for The Grange Festival, Belcore L’elisir d’amore (Cover) for Opera North, Malatesta Don Pasquale (Cover) for Glyndebourne On Tour, Ramiro L’heure espagnole (Cover) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Messiah with the London Handel Orchestra and The Creation with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Away from singing, Timothy Nelson is an avid rugby and cricket fan and a keen golfer who can often be found on the golf course trying to lower his handicap.