Motherhood on Tour and Diversity In The Arts With Opera Singer Nina Yoshida Nelsen

As a mom who performs on the road, mezzo-soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen has a unique definition of what it means to be a “working mom.” And as an Asian-American singer who has experienced her share of typecasting, Nina has an insider’s view of how far we have to go when it comes to bringing diversity, equity and inclusion to performance – particularly in a primarily Western art form like Opera. Listen to hear more from Nina about mothering on the road, her work to bring more racial representation to Opera, and what she sees as her “next act” in her singing career.

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About Nina Yoshida Nelsen

Nina Yoshida Nelsen, mezzo soprano, is an avid advocate for equity in the arts. She is perhaps most well known for her countless performances of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with opera companies throughout the United States. Also well-known for her work in contemporary opera, Ms. Yoshida Nelsen has sung in seven world premieres as well as their subsequent productions.

Equally at home on the concert stage, Nina has performed in world-class halls including Carnegie, Avery Fisher, and Royal Albert.  

Nina is the Artistic Advisor at Boston Lyric Opera and serves as president of the Asian Opera Alliance, an organization of which she is a co-founder.

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