Notable Performances and Debuts 

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Nelly made her western European debut as Violetta for Scottish Opera production of La traviata in 1981 and Covent Garden debut in 1982 as Nedda in I Pagliacci opposite John Vickers, Piero Cappuccili and Thomas Allen followed by a triumphant La Scala debut as Lucia di Lammermoor in 1983*. She has since been heard in all major opera houses of the world and in recitals and concerts (e.g. Salzburg Festival, Concertgebouw, Royal Festival Hall/ Barbican London) working with some of the most prestigious conductors and directors in leading roles opposite many other leading artists past and present. Debut roles and notable performances include Puccini’s Tosca with Jose Carreras and Giuseppe Taddei (Frankfurt 1984), Neil Schicoff and Robert Hale (Berlin 1995), Jose Cura (ROHCG 1996) and Roggero Raimondi (Zurich 1998), Mimi in La bohème with Placido Domingo (Madrid 1986), Violetta in La traviata with Alfredo Kraus (Frankfurt 1982), Jose Carreras and Juan Pons (Oviedo 1984), Franco Bonisolli and Zancanaro (Verona Festival Opening 1987), Roberto Alagna and Piero Cappuccilli (Monte Carlo 1989), Vicenzo La Scola and Renato Bruson/Leo Nucci (Ravenna 1989); repertoire also includes performances of Mimi in Puccini's La bohème (Rome 1986/San Francisco 1986/Munich 1987/NY Met 1989), Tosca (Opera Bastille Paris 2002/Barcelona 2003/ROHCG 1996-2009), Manon Lescaut (Scottish Opera Edin. Festival 1982*/Monte Carlo 1985/Florence 1986/Munich 1987), La rondine with costumes by Karl Lagerfeld (Monte Carlo 1991*/Torino 1994), Title in Verdi’s Luisa Miller (Netherlands Opera 1997*), debut as Elisabeth with Vinson Cole, Jose Van Dam in Verdi’s Don Carlos (Brussels Monnaie 1996*), Helena in I Vespri Siciliani (Montpellier 1998*/Vienna 2001/Paris Bastille 2003/NY Met 2004), Amelia with Renata Bruson in Simon Bocconegra (Copenhagen Tivoli 1992*), Desdemona with Cornel Murgu in Otello (Copenhagen Tivoli 1993*), Gilda with Georgo Zancannaroin Rigoletto (Philadelphia 1991*/Zurich 1997), Marguerite and Elena in Mefistofele with Samuel Ramey (Washington Opera 1996*/ROH Barbican 1998), Marguerite with Francesco Araiza in Faust(ROHCG 1986*/Berlin 1988/Paris Opera Bastille 1993), Violetta in La traviata (US Debut San Francisco 1983*/Reggio Emilia 1986/Vienna 1987/Washington 1988/Parma 1990), title roles in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor with Carlo Bergonzi (Moderna 1985); Anna Bolena (Brussels Monnaie 1993*/Washington Opera 1993), Lucrezia Borgia (Washington 1990*/Marseille 2002), Maria Stuarda (Vienna Opera 1993/Lyon 1996) and Elizabeth 1 in Roberto Devereux (Concertgebouw 1994*/ROHCG 2002), the title roles in Rossini’s Semiramide (Concertgebouw 1988*/Chelsea Opera London 1998/Geneve Opera 1999/Barcelona Liceu 2005), Armida (Concertgebouw 1988*), Ermione with Chris Merrit and Bruce Ford (Brussels/Concertgebouw 1995*), and Amenaide in Rossini’s Tancredi (Salzburg Festival/1992), Bellini’s Norma (Rome Opera 1999*/Amsterdam 1999/ ROHCG 2000), Imogen in Il Pirata (Brussels/Concertgebouw 2003*/ Chelsea Opera Group London 2003) and Julietta in I Capuleti e I Montecchi (Catania 1986*), Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur (La Scala 2000*/Bolshoi 2002/Rome 2002), Mercadante’s Emma d’Antiochia (Royal Festival Hall, London 2003* Prem.), Puccini’s Tosca (Berlin Deutsche Staatsoper 1995/ Paris Bastille 002/Barcelona Liceu 2003/ROHCG 1996-2009 ), Manon Lescaut (Scottish Opera Edin Festival 1982*/Monte Carlo 1985/Florence 1986/Munich 1987), La rondine (Monte Carlo 1991*/Torino 1994), In 1985 she began a 25-year series of Vara Matinee Concerts at Amsterdam Concertgebouw with Massenet’s Thais(1985*) the first of many debut roles there, including Donizetti’s Three Queens (Anna Bolena 1989*/Maria Stuarda 1992*/Elizabeth 1 in Roberto Devereux 1994* Prem.) and Netherlands premier of Catarina Cannaro in 2010*Prem., also debut in title roles in Gounod’s Mireille (Tolouse 1988*), Puccini’s Cio Cio San in Madam Butterfly (Hamburg 1992*), Zandonai’s Francesca Da Rimini (2000*), Mascagni’s Iris with Nicolai Ghiaurov (2003*), Giordano’s Fedora with Sherrill Milnes (Teatro Colon Buenos Aires/1998*), Respighi’s World Premier of Marie Victoire (Rome 2004* Prem.) and Silvana in La Fiamma(1998*), the three roles of Olympia, Giulietta, Antonia, in Ponnelle’s production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Paris Opera (1983*) and Antonia at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (1986), debut as Valentine with Gregory Kunde in Meyerbeer’s Le Huguenots (Montpellier 1990*/ROHCG 1991), and as Isabella in Meyerbeer's Robert Le Diable for the Deutsche Staatsoper (2001*), and Poulenc’s one act opera La Voix Humaine in Rotterdam/Maastricht (2009*). (Debuts*)