A winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finals in 2012 and a 3rd prize winner of Placido Domingo’s Operalia competition in 2014, countertenor Andrey Nemzer has become distinguished for the unique size, flexibility, and range of his instrument.
Having most recently been seen as the title role in Giulio Cesare with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Mr. Nemzer’s season includes a solo recital with the Moscow Conservatory, an appearance wth Resonance Works Pittsburgh for Bernstein’s Missa Brevis and a return to Opera Theater of Pittsburgh the title role in Handel’s Xerxes.
Mr. Nemzer’s 2015-2016 season included a return to the Metropolitan Opera, both performing and covering the role of Orlofksy in Die Fledermaus, creating the role of Autolycus in a new musical version of Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale with Quantum Theatre, and returning to the Pittsburgh Symphony as soloist for St. John’s Passion.
The 2014-105 season included his debut with The Opera San Antonio as Agnes the Digger in Tobias Picker’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, covering the role of Arsace in San Francisco Opera’s prodcution of Partenope, and singing the roles of Re Alfonso/Sole in Veremonda with Spoleto USA. He closed the season singing the Carmina Burana with the Chautauqua Symphony.
Mr. Nemzer debuted with the Metroplitan Opera in the 2013-2014 season, performing the role of the Guardian in Die Frau ohne Schatten, and covered the role of Orlofsky in their new production of Die Fledermaus. He also appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony for Orff’s Carmina Burana.
During the 2012-2013 season, Mr. Nemzer covered the title role of Giulio Cesare in a new production for the Metropolitan Opera, and joined the Rhode Island Phiharmonic for Handel’s Messiah.
A native of Moscow (Russia), Mr. Nemzer began his studies at Moscow Choir College, after which he became a touring soloist with the Moscow Choir under the direction of Viktor Popov. During this time, he participated in Russian premiere of Mozart’s Masonic Cantatas at Moscow Conservatory’s Great Hall with pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev.
Mr. Nemzer frequently collaborates with many vocal and instrumental ensembles of Russia and The United States. He has appeared in Russia with The Pocket Symphony, under the direction of Nazar Kozhukhar, Intrada Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Ekaterina Antonenko, Moscow Sacred Music Ensemble under the direction of Galina Koltsova, and The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.
He began his singing career as a spinto tenor, where favorite credits included Russian premieres of Lulu (Alwa) by Berg, and Peter The Great (Alexis) by Grétry, staged at the Helikon-Opera Theatre and performed at the Santander Opera Festival, Peralada Opera Festival, and the Beijing International Opera Festival, all in 2002. Mr. Nemzer can be heard on the soundtracks of the films Leningrad by Igor Vishnevetsky and Tsar and The Conductor by Pavel Lungin.
Mr. Nemzer was the winner of the 2011 Mildred Miller International Vocal Competition, a Second Prize winner of the 2012 Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, and 1st Prize Winner in the 2016 3rd Minsk International Christmas Singing Competition. Mr. Nemzer holds an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
Opera Theater of Pittsburgh – Giulio Cesare
Mr. Nemzer’s countertenor voice is a phenomenal instrument, filling the auditorium from thunderous soprano high notes down to unexpected baritonal lows. He has an amazing sound and extraordinary musicality. He can tone down to a melting legato line or turn up the volume for an intrepid outburst of temperament.”
Robert Croan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Metropolitan Opera – Die frau ohne Schatten
…Countertenor Andrey Nemzer, who, in his Met debut, galvanized attention in the short but high-lying lines of the Guardian of the Threshold.
James Jorden, The New York Observer
Pittsburgh Symphony – Carmina Burana
“The vocal soloists could hardly have been more dramatic…Andrey Nemzer made his gorgeous countertenor voice aptly grotesque singing as the roast swan…”
Mark Kanny, TribLIVE.com
The standout vocal performance was by countertenor Andrey Nemzer as Don Ramiro, who has been dumped by the woman he loves, Arminda. Nemzer, who was one of the winners of the 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, has an amazing voice that is full-bodied up to his highest notes. He has the first aria, “Cruel is her heart,” and established a vocal standard that none of the other singers met. His singing style was, admittedly, more oriented to opera seria than comedy, but his Russian-accented speaking voice was full of witty insinuation.”
Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Grand Finals Concert
Andrey Nemzer, a countertenor, sang with startling volume and, in an aria from Glinka’s “Ruslan and Ludmila,” ardent lyricism.”
Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times
|Britten||Oberon||A Midsummer Night’s Dream|
|Glinka||Vanya||A Life for the Tsar|
|Gluck||Orfeo||Orfeo ed Euridice|
|Handel||Giulio Cesare||Giulio Cesare|
|Handel||Serse (Xerxes)||Serse (Xerxes)|
|Monteverdi||Nerone||L’incoronazione di Poppea|