Nelson Ebo was born in Angola during the civil war. Since childhood, he has struggled against that war, which claimed the lives of both parents and several siblings. With his powerful tenor voice and musical soul, Nelson lifted himself out of hardship while inspiring all those who heard him.
In 2001, Nelson sang at a human rights song competition organized jointly by the UN and the Angolan Ministry of Justice. Impressed with Nelson’s extraordinary talent, the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation granted him a scholarship to pursue his musical studies in Spain, where he had the honor of singing for the King of Spain and coached privately with Maestro Placido Domingo.
In 2008, Nelson moved to the United States as a scholarship student at the Hartt School of Music, where he studied with Wayne Rivera. In 2011, Nelson accepted a resident artist position at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he studied with Bill Schuman. Nelson then continued his professional studies in Italy and Germany and gave numerous concerts in Europe.
In 2012, Nelson was invited back to Angola by Carlos Cunha to perform at the 14th anniversary of Casa 70. Through this concert, and the support of the First Lady of Angola, Nelson has returned frequently to give concerts in Angola and Portugal. Nelson has appeared numerous times on television and radio in Angola, Europe and the U.S., while documenting his extraordinary journey out of poverty by virtue of his captivating voice and engaging spirit.
Nelson has won awards from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation and Opera North. Most recently he was invited to Cape Town, South Africa as a finalist in the Belvedere Competition. He has performed in concerts in the United States, Europe, and Angola, including a concert series with Marcello Giordani in New Jersey and Sicily.
Nelson now resides and sings in New York City, where he debuted in TOSCA and EUGENE ONEGIN with La Forza Dell’Opera in 2016. He was a resident artist at the Opera Singers Initiative (OSI) Vocal Institute in New York City in 2016. Following Nelson made his Italian Debut singing the role of Pollione in NORMA with the Teatro Communale di Treviso and Teatro Communale de Ferrara, joined the International Brazilian Opera Company as Knight Antonius Bloc in their production of SEVENTH SEAL and joined the Utah Festival Opera in as Pinkerton in MADAMA BUTTERFLY and debuted the role of Florestan in FIDELIO with Heartbeat Opera in NYC to great critical acclaim warranting a remount in the fall of 2018. This fall along with the FIDELIO, he is featured in Portugal as part of the SIntra Festival alongside Portugese Soprano, Sofia Escobar, he will debut with Syracuse Opera as Macduff in MACBETH and with the Teatro Lirico of Washington DC he will sing the role of Gustavo in the zarzuela LOS GAVILANES.
Florestan - FIDELIO
A genuine heroic tenor is rare, but that's what the role of Florestan demands and what Nelson Ebo is. The simplest indicators are the might of his upper register and the heft in his lower and middle voice. At the top of his range, Ebo's ring doesn't cut through the orchestral texture so much as overwhelms it. It's thrilling to hear an instrument as extraordinary as Ebo's liv. - Schmopera.com
Pinkerton - MADAMA BUTTERFLY
As Pinkerton, UFOMT newcomer Nelson Ebo is despicable, as the role requires. His tenor tones are fabulous and timbre of his voice is penetrating, and his was a solid, appreciated performance. But the character’s morals cast a pall on all, making for an uneasy intermission
Soloist - Sintra Festival Portugese Soprano, Sofia Escobar
September 29, 2018
Macduff/Malcom in Macbeth
October 19 & 21, 2018
Gustavo in Los Gavilanes
Teatro Lirico of Washington DC
Florestan in Florestan
Heartbeat Opera at Rutgers NYC
November 28 & 29, 2018