For 30 years, Byron Nilsson has written insightfully and candidly about restaurants and classical music under the BA Nilsson byline for Metroland, which folded in 2015. These days, he practices the culinary arts primarily at home qu he shares with his wife in the small community of Glen. , Montgomery County, and he applies his writing skills primarily to a blog and a slowly developing first draft of a novel. Also fluent and prolific in acting, Nilsson is an Equity actor who performed for 10 years with the now-defunct New York State Theater Institute and wrote a significant number of plays and musicals.
Over the past few years, Nilsson’s dramatic talents have found their place, on and off stage, with the Ma’alwyck Musicians. In one of the chamber ensemble’s highest-profile and ambitious releases, Max Caplan’s 2018 commissioned opera “Aleda: The Flight of the Suff Birdwomen,” Nilsson played a sharp-eyed journalist who followed a group of suffragettes in their daring antics. “It was a difficult piece. Max is incredibly talented but I’m a musical theater guy. I don’t sing diminished sevenths,” he recalls, adding that he was saved by music software that helped him learn the tricky part.