“A rare vocal phenomenon of this century” (Damian Colas).
Hailed as a singing-actress, Nelly is one of the most versatile artists of our day. Her repertoire extends from Mozart and bel canto to Verdi, Puccini and verismo, to modern Italian opera such as Respighi and Zandonai, and taking in French and Russian composers too.
Since her Covent Garden debut in 1982 as Nedda in I Pagliacci opposite John Vickers, Piero Cappuccili and Thomas Allen, and the 1983 triumphant La Scala debut as Lucia di Lammermoor, Nelly has been heard in all major opera houses of the world. She has worked with prestigious conductors and directors in leading roles that include Tosca (with Jose Carreras), Mimi (with Placido Domingo) and Violetta in La traviata (with Roberto Alagna, Renato Bruson, Alfredo Krauss).
Nelly has a reputation as one of the most desired and respected voice teachers - in demand both in the UK and internationally. Alongside her own busy private teaching schedule, she is a mentor for the JPYAP at ROH, Covent Garden, and with the London Masterclasses, The Mediterranean Opera Studio & Festival, and Festival y Academia de Musica en Tequila.