A b o u t N i c o l e
Introduced to opera when performing as a child in the English National Opera productions of Jonathan Miller’s Carmen in 1995, David Alden’s Damnation of Faust in 1997 and Francesca Zambello’s Boris Godunov in 1998, mezzo-soprano Nicole Oppler was educated in music at the Junior Guildhall of Music and Drama before taking an English Literature degree at Durham University.
Since then, Nicole has performed a wide variety of operatic characters, ranging from old crones (Monteverdi's Arnalta, Verdi's Azucena and all of Sullivan’s grande dames) to trouser roles (Cherubino, Le Nozze di Figaro and Annio, La Clemenza di Tito, Nicklaus, Les Contes d'Hoffmann and Romeo, I Capuleti e I Montecchi), as well as temptresses (Mercedes, Carmen and the Witches, Dido and Aeneas) and tragic heroines (Charlotte, Werther) as well as comic relief in the shape of Cherie Blair as Counsel for the Defence in the premiere of Alaric Barrie’s Trial by Jury: A Footballer's Tale.
Nicole's most recent roles have been as Arnalta in L'incoronazione di Poppea and Frasquinella in La Perichole for Opera de Baugé. She has also performed the roles of the Mother in Grange Park Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly; Suzuki and Annina for Park Opera; and Amneris, Cherubino and Suzuki covers for Opera de Baugé.
Concert performances have included Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, performed with the Oberon Symphony Orchestra, and Elgar's Sea Pictures, with the Angel Orchestra.
Nicole is about to begin her sixth year with the Grange Park Opera chorus, prior to which she spent one year at Longborough Festival Opera and two years with Opera Holland Park. She was the recipient of the Gil-Rodriguez Scholarship from Opera de Baugé in 2013, and currently studies with Paula Anglin and Phillip Thomas.