Nell Snaidas

Adjunct, Department of Music and Theater

GRAMMY-NOMINATED vocalist, Nell Snaidas has been praised by the New York Times for her “beautiful soprano voice”,“vocally ravishing” performances and “melting passion”. 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 Massimo (Palermo) to the missions of Bolivia. Favorite projects include several operatic performances with the Boston Early Music Festival, recording the movie-soundtrack “The Producers” with Mel Brooks in the booth and collaborating with Alicia Keys on the musical arrangement and Italian translation of her song “Superwoman” for Kathleen Battle and singing the role of Christine in the Phantom of the Opera throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

 Nell was featured on CBC radio as one of the leading interpreters of Spanish Renaissance/Sephardic song and can be heard on Sony Classical, Avie and the GRAMMY Nominated “Kingdoms of Castille” with El Mundo/Sono Luminus.  Recent projects include collaborations as soloist and co-director with:  Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra in “Sephardic Journey” (#2 Billboard World Music), The Bishops’ Band “Codex Trujillo del Perú “with Tom Zajac (Trinity Wall St. 12thNight Festival) and The Newberry Consort in a program of music from Renaissance Spain. 

In addition to her busy performing career, Nell is highly sought out 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.


BM Mannes College of Music, Classical Vocal Performance