Nell Snaidas

Grammy-nominated soprano Nell Snaidas has been praised by the New York Times for her “vocally ravishing” performances and “melting passion”. Her voice has also been described as “remarkably pure with glints of rich sensuality” (Vancouver Sun) as well as “powerfully at home in the works of Monteverdi” (San Francisco Classical Voice).

Of Uruguayan-American descent, Nell is recognized for her specialization in historical performance practice, in particular the repertoire of Italy, Latin America and Spain. Nell began her career singing leading roles in zarzuelas at New York City’s Repertorio Español and has sung in venues ranging from the Hollywood Bowl to Tanglewood, from Teatro Garibaldi (Palermo) to the missions of Bolivia. Favorite projects include singing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall, recording the movie-soundtrack of The Producers with Mel Brooks in the booth, the Iberian recital Vaya de Fiesta with Argentine duet partner Eduardo Egüez (conductor of La Chimera –Italy) on vihuela/baroque guitar, and collaborating with Alicia Keys on the musical arrangement and Italian translation of her song Superwoman for Kathleen Battle for the grand finale of the American Music Awards.

Baroque Operatic performances include Princess Olga in the world premiere of the baroque Boris Goudenow (Mattheson) Valletto and Amore in L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Il Ritorno di Ulisse  (Monteverdi) at the Boston Early Music Festival, Queen Ottavia in the modern day premiere of Cleopatra(Castrovillari) with Ars Minerva San Francisco, and Lisetta in Gli Equivoci nel Sembiante with the Internazionale Festivale di Scarlatti in Palermo, Sicily.

Nell was featured on CBC radio as one of the leading interpreters of Spanish Renaissance/Sephardic song and has recorded for Sony Classical, Sono Luminus, Koch International and Dorian. Recent projects include collaborations as soloist/co-director /co-creator with Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra in Sephardic Journey (Cd release 2016, #2 World Music Billboard Chart), The Newberry Consort Chicago Sacred Love, The Bishop’s Band Codex Trujillo del Perú with Tom Zajac (Trinity Wall St. 12th Night Festival) and a production of Latin American Baroque music inspired by the writings of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz for the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Valérie St. Agathe, conducting. In addition to her busy performing career, Nell is highly sought for concert curations. Her award-winning programs have been called, “revelatory” (BBC Music Magazine), “innovative and brilliant” (Cool Cleveland), and having the effect of “painting a vivid portrait of secular and sacred everyday life” (Chicago Tribune).

Nell is the co-artistic director of GEMAS, a concert series in NYC devoted to the early music and musicians of the Americas and sponsored by Americas Society and GEMS.