A native of Dallas, Texas, Caroline Nielson recently completed her Master’s degree in Voice Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Kathryn Cowdrick. Prior to her graduate studies, she received an undergraduate degree at Belmont University, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a minor in German.
Caroline’s operatic roles include Maurya in Riders to the Sea, Dorothée in Cendrillon, the Abbess in Suor Angelica, the Madre superiora in Mese Mariano (Eastman), Nancy in Albert Herring, Mercédès in Carmen, Mrs. McLean in Susannah (Opera in the Ozarks), Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites (Belmont), and ensemble in Pirates of Penzance (Nashville Opera). Furthermore, Caroline is an avid performer of chamber and choral music, having been a featured soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Eastman, as well as in numerous cantatas, recitals, and new compositions.
Recently, Caroline was a featured artist in the 2017 Basically Beethoven Festival in Dallas, sponsored each summer by the Fine Arts Chamber Players. She is currently performing and teaching in Rochester and western New York.