Nicole Piccolomini mezzo-soprano
About Nicole PiccolominiThis season “the alluringly dusky-voiced mezzo soprano” Nicole Piccolomini sings The Page in a concert version of Salomewith The Daegu Opera in South Korea. She returns to Oper Halle for the title-role Maria de Buenos Aires and to Deutsche Oper Berlin for La Contessa de Coigny in Andrea Chenier and made her role debut as Klytämnestra in Elektra at Theater Bonn.
Last season Nicole made her debut at Michigan Opera Theater as Maddalena in Rigoletto and made her debut at Oper Halle as the title-role Maria de Buenos Aires and joined the Dallas Symphony for Schwertleite in Die Walküre. She collaborated with Edition Roy Berlin and pianist Christoph Staude for the mezzo’s first solo recording featuring works of Wagner, Mahler, Brahms and Pfitzner.
Previous seasons included debuts at The Shanghai Opera House as Mistress Quickly in Falstaff and Theater Bonn in the title-role of Maria de Buenos Aires, the mezzo returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as The Page in Salome and Erda in Siegfried at Oper Leipzig.
Ms. Piccolomini joined the Venice Chamber Orchestra for Wesendonck Lieder at Sala concerti di Palazzo Pisano in Venice, Italy and made house debuts with Santa Fe Opera as Maddalena.
In past seasons, Ms. Piccolomini appeared as Erste Norn in Götterdämmerung at the Dutch National Opera, Maddalena at the Caramoor International Music Festival and was a featured soloist in a musical celebration of the canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. that was televised on PBS and internationally.
At the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nicole has appeared as Fenena in Nabucco, Maddalena, Erste Norn and Flosshilde in Götterdämmerung, Federica in Luisa Miller, Flosshilde in Das Rheingold, Dritte Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Erste Magd in Elektra, Schwertleite in Die Walküre, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Contessa di Coigny, La Marquise de Langlade in Marie Victoire, and Rosalia in Tieflandat Deutsche Oper Berlin,
Other operatic engagements include Maddalena at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Roussel’s Padmâvatî at the Spoleto Festival in Italy, Flosshilde in Das Rheingold, Grimgerde in Die Walküre, Erste Norn and Flosshilde in Götterdämmerung as well as Lola in Cavalleria rusticana with the Opéra National de Paris, Azucena in Il trovatore at the Teatro Verdi di Busseto, Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera at the Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro Communale di Modena, and Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania, Maddalena at the Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Opera Delaware, Musetta in Leoncavallo’s La bohème with Opera de Oviedo, Grimgerde in Die Walküre with the Teatro alla Scala, Staatsoper Berlin, and the the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos with the Bayerische Staatsoper and the title role in Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires with Gotham Chamber Opera in New York.
Equally active on the concert stage, she joined New York City Ballet as the soloist in Leonid Desyatnikov’s Russian Seasons in Saratoga Springs, Bermuda Philharmonic for Handel’s Messiah, Umbria Music Fest for Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, and lieder concerts in Kunnersdorf, Germany with pianist Christoph Staude.
Originally from Long Island, New York, Nicole was a 2010 grant recipient from the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation and has also previously received the Curt Engelhorn Scholarship from the American Berlin Opera Foundation. From 2002-2006, the mezzo soprano was a resident artist at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School and participated in the young artist programs of both the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and the Caramoor Music Festival.
Photo by Hans-Martin Asch, Berlin.