The International press has recognized her for being "Devastatingly on-target", "captivating", "multi-faceted", "both vocally and theatrically very capable of transformation", "a talented actress who also vocally leaves no wish unfulfilled" and critics have hailed her voice as "captivatingly beautiful", "brilliantly nuanced," "luminous," and most recently: "The young soprano Rebecca Nelsen's agile, bright soprano voice knows no boundaries in the coloratura and loves bel canto. Rebecca Nelsen is developing into a lyric soprano of stature with exceptional coloratura fluidity who exhibits an enormous stage presence."
Young, American lyric coloratura soprano Rebecca Nelsen has already sung in such prestigious venues as the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, the Gorki Theater in Berlin and the Kawasaki and Biwako halls in Japan and she recently made her debut at the Vienna Volksoper as Julia de Weert, Olivier Tambosi's celebrated premiere of the operetta Der Vetter aus Dingsda. She also made her debut at the Semper Oper in Dresden this past season as Adele in Die Fledermaus and as Sophie Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier under the baton of the acclaimed Maestro Fabio Luisi.
Rebecca will begin the 2009-2010 season as the tragic courtesan, Violetta Valéry in a production of her favorite opera, La Traviata, at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy. She will then sing the same role at the Semperoper in Dresden in a new production of La Traviata later this season. Rebecca's other roles for this season inculde Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Semperoper in Dresden. She will also reprise her role of Julia de Weert at the Volksoper in Vienna this season in addition to other concert and recording engagements throughout Europe.
Rebecca began her professional career in Vienna, singing several lead roles with the Neue Oper Wien under the baton of Walter Kobera – including co-productions with the Klangbogen Festival and the Bregenzer Feststpiele. Rebecca recently finished her second season as a soloist in the ensemble of the State Opera in Brunswick, Germany under the musical leadership of the renowned Maestro Alexander Joel. In Braunschweig, Rebecca celebrated critically-acclaimed débuts as Gilda in Rigoletto, Musetta in La Boheme, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, die Tochter in Cardillac, Eurilla in Orlando Paladino, Stasi in Die Csardasfürstin, as well as the pants-role Ippolito in Fedra by Johann Simon Mayr.