Mezzo-soprano Reilly Nelson has been praised by the Boston Music Intelligencer as having a voice that is "bright and glowing, with a bit of an edge when needed." Most recently, Reilly made her Cincinnati Opera debut as Lupe Marin in Frida by Robert Xavier Rodriguez. Reilly sang the role of Mrs. Van Buren in a workshop of Ricky Ian Gordon's new opera Intimate Apparel in collaboration with CCM, Cincinnati Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater's New Works Program. She has also appeared in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel with CCM Opera. Other operatic credits include performing Hänsel in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with the Janiec Opera Company.
Reilly made her Cincinnati Symphony debut this winter performing Green Eggs and Ham by Robert Kapilow under the baton of Maestro Keitaro Harada. In summers 2013 and 2014 Reilly was a vocal fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center. Highlights from this fellowship include selections from Berlioz's Les nuits d'été with the TMC Orchestra led by maestro Stéphane Denève, a world premier of Bernard Rands' Folk Songs, and John Harbison's Closer to My Own Life with the TMC Orchestra. Other recital credits include performing Mahler's Rückert-Lieder with the CCM Philharmonia and Berio's Circles at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.
Nelson holds a B.M. in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music and a M.M. from CCM. At CCM she was a graduate assistant responsible for teaching students in CCM's illustrious musical theatre program. She is currently a student of Thomas Baresel.
Reilly was the winner of the 2017 Middle/East Tennessee District MONC audition and a 2016 finalist and winner of the Carolyn Weber Award in the Kurt Weill Foundation's Lotte Lenya Competition.