RETURNMary-Ellen Nesi

Mary-Ellen Nesi

Soloist, Mezzo-Soprano
She was born in Montreal, Canada. She studied singing with Missa Ikeoutsi, receiving her diploma in 1994, as well as with Frangiskos Voutsinos, Kostas Paschalis, Vera Rózsa, Arrigo Pola (Modena) and tenor Ernst Haefliger (Zurich). She also studied at the Mayer-Lismann Opera Centre in London. She has performed in major international festivals and starred in opera houses around Europe and North America, including the Munich Opera, the Opera of Ferrara, the Royal Theatre in Madrid, the National Theatre of São Carlos, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Carnegie Hall, etc. Her ever-increasing awarded recordings include Händel's Oreste, Arianna in Creta, Tamerlano, Giulio Cesare and Alessandro Severo, as well as works by Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Mozart, etc. She has also participated in video recordings of Ariodante, Ercole su’l Termodonte and Montezuma. Her wide-ranging repertoire includes, among others, the following roles: Adalgisa [Norma], Rosina [The Barber of Seville/Il barbiere di Siviglia], Ruggiero [Alcina], Fortune and Pallas [The Coronation of Poppea/La incoronazione di Poppea], Ramiro [The Pretend Garden-Girl/La finta giardiniera], Cherubino [The Marriage of Figaro/Le nozze di Figaro], Octavian [The Knight of the Rose/Der Rosenkavalier], Orpheus [Orpheus and Eurydice/Orfeo ed Euridice], etc. In 2003, she founded the Festival of Ancient Corinth, featuring baroque operas. She has been working intermittently with the GNO since 1996. Up until 2014, she has sung leading and supporting roles in 12 operas staged in 15 productions and/or revivals. Among others she has interpreted the following roles: Dorabella [Thus Do They All/Così fan tutte], Mercedes and Carmen [Carmen], Charlotte [Werther], Ruggiero [Alcina], Angelina [Cinderella/La Cenerentola], etc.