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Biography

 

An expressive singing actress, Aliah Nelson has performed in over 30 theatrical productions, appearing most recently as Clarissa in Saskatoon Summer Players' Little Women and as Ella in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience with Opera NUOVA.  Other credits include Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica (UWOpera)Second Girl in Carousel (Opera NUOVA), the title role in Mary Poppins, Cosette in Les Misérables (7 Ages Productions), and Josephine in HMS Pinafore (Brandon University Opera Workshop. Aliah has also performed as a concert soloist with Saskatoon Opera, the Saskatoon Chamber Singers, and the Brandon Chamber Players.

She completed her Master’s in Music Performance and Literature at the University of Western Ontario in 2017. There, she studied with Jackalyn Short and was a member of the Western University Opera Workshop. In addition to her formal schooling, Aliah has worked with many of Canada’s top performers and educators while participating in prestigious programs such as Opera NUOVA’s 6-week Intensive (2017), Opera NUOVA’s 10-day Intensive (2015) and the Vancouver International Song Institute’s Theatre of Art Song Program (2014). She was also a member of the acclaimed National Youth Choir of Canada for their Maritimes tour in 2014, directed by Dr. Hillary Apfelstadt.

Aliah has won numerous awards for her artistry and academia, including the prestigious Canadian Graduate Scholarship – Master’s SSHRC grant for her research-in-performance project on Richard Strauss in 2015-16. She won the Brandon Sun Rose Bowl in the Kiwanis Festival in 2015, and placed first in the senior voice category at the Associated Manitoba Arts Festivals Provincial Competition in 2014. Aliah was also a recipient of a young artist professional development grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board in 2017.

Now residing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Aliah runs a private voice studio and teaches music at Wild Spirit Education.

 

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