Wendy Nielsen has spent more than 25 years in opera houses and concert halls all over North America, Europe and Asia. She's performed great works by composers old and new: from Handel to Beethoven to Britten, Penderecki and many others. Nielsen can name famous conductors like Kurt Masur, Jeffrey Tate, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit and James Levine among her colleagues.
Yet Nielsen has always remained in touch with her Canadian roots. She was introduced to classical singing by her Grade 3 music teacher in Harvey Station, NB. Later on, Nielsen earned music degrees from the University of Lethbridge, and UBC in Vancouver. Next stop was Toronto, where Nielsen took classes with the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble.
Her first major role was with the COC, as Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte. A few years later, Nielsen performed that same role in her Metropolitan Opera debut.
Since 2012, Nielsen has devoted herself to teaching. She accepted a dual appointment working with the COC and teaching voice at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music. In the summer, Nielsen returns to her home province, directing the St. Andrews Summer Opera Workshop in New Brunswick.
On this edition of This Is My Music, Nielsen shares her favourite selections and the stories behind her choices.
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Wendy Nielsen shares her favourite music on This Is My Music.