Mezzo-soprano Reilly Nelson has been praised by the Boston Music Intelligencer as having a voice that is "bright and glowing, with a bit of an edge when needed." Nelson is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) under the instruction of Thomas Baresel. She also holds a B.M. in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music and a M.M. from CCM. At CCM she is a graduate assistant responsible for teaching students in CCM's illustrious musical theatre program.
Reilly has appeared as Hansel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel with CCM Opera. Other operatic credits include performing Hänsel in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with the Janiec Opera Company.
In summers 2013 and 2014 Reilly was a vocal fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center. Highlights from this fellowship include selections from Berlioz's Les nuits d'été with the TMC Orchestra led by maestro Stéphane Denève, a world premier of Bernard Rands' Folk Songs, and John Harbison's Closer to My Own Life with the TMC Orchestra. Other recital credits include performing Mahler's Rückert-Lieder with the CCM Philharmonia and Berio's Circles at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.
This year Reilly was a winner at the MONC Midde/East Tennessee District. In 2016, she was a finalist and winner of the Carolyn Weber Award in the Kurt Weill Foundation's Lotte Lenya Competition. In April 2016 she was one of five soloists to perform in Bolcom's Complete Cabaret Songs at Die Neue Gallerie under the direction of Robin Guarino, Lydia Brown, William Bolcom, and Joan Morris.