Erin Merceruio Nelson

Hailed as “secure and sonorous” with a “bright, flexible voice” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), soprano Erin Merceruio Nelson is quickly becoming known for her signature blend of impeccable musicianship and strong dramatic instincts across a broad range of challenging repertoire. 

An avid performer of new and contemporary music, Erin’s 2021 – 2022 season performances included creating the role of The Nymph in the world premiere of NIGHTTOWN by Benjamin P. Wenzelberg with Lowell House Opera at Harvard University and creating the role of The Mother-In-Law in Byron Asher’s new opera The Bedbug with Promenade Opera Project.  In past seasons, Erin has premiered the chamber work Tide Flowers by composer Geoffrey Gibbs at the University of Rhode Island as the soprano soloist, appeared as Bea in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers with TBD Opera Project under the direction of Sharon Daniels, performed the role of Margaret in The Clever Artifice of Harriet and Margaret by Leanna Kirchoff with Opera del West, and sang Beth March in Mark Adamo’s Little Women with Boston Opera Collaborative.

Erin’s 2022-2023 season will include the role of First Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with MassOpera. Other recent performances include Lady Clarence in Odyssey Opera’s concert production of Saint-Saëns’ Henry VIII, First Lady and Papagena in The Magic Flute with the Nahant Music Festival. Erin was also featured in Odyssey Opera’s production of Strauss’ Die ägyptische Helena and covered the role of Cunégonde in Opera del West’s production of Bernstein’s Candide. Throughout the pandemic, Erin took part in several outdoor concerts with NEMPAC and Opera on Tap Boston. Also recently, Erin was thrilled to be named a Finalist in the Vermont Vocal Competition in Brandon, VT.