Nicole Car is one of the most outstanding young singers to emerge from Australia in recent years. Lauded by the New York Times for her "fine-grained tone and nuanced acting", Nicole quickly established herself as one of the most brilliant stars in today‘s operatic firmament, regularly performing at top opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.
In the 2018/19 season the Australian soprano made her house debuts at the Metropolitan Opera as Mimì in La bohème and at the Bavarian State Opera as Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, a role she also performed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She has also been heard at the Marseille Opera this season, singing Violetta in La traviata and Marguerite in Faust as well as at the Paris Opera as Micaëla in Carmen and as Donna Elvira in a new production of Don Giovanni. Further performances in 2018/19 include her role debut as Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and an Australian recital tour with Etienne Dupuis leading them to Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.
Among her future engagements of the 2019/20 season are Tatyana in Eugene Onegin at the Montreal Opera House, Élisabeth de Valois in Don Carlos at the Paris Opera, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at the Metropolitan Opera, Mimì in La bohème at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the title role in Thaïs at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Notable performances from the past three seasons have taken her to the Paris Opera (Mimì in La bohème, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and Micaëla in Carmen), the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (Mimì in La bohème, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin), the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Marguerite in Faust, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte) and the Semperoper Dresden (Mimì, Fiordiligi). For Opera Australia she performed the title roles of La traviata, Thaïs and Luisa Miller (winning her first Helpmann Award for the latter); Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro.
After completing her Bachelor of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts, Nicole Car won the 2007 Herald-Sun Aria; she was the 2012 winner of the ASC Opera Awards and the 2013 winner of the international Neue Stimmen competition in Germany. Her professional operatic debut occurred in 2009 performing Donna Anna in Victorian Opera's Don Giovanni.
Since then, Nicole's many roles for Opera Australia have included Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Micaëla (Carmen), Mimi (La bohème), Marguerite (Faust), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Leila (Les pêcheurs de perles), and both Donna Anna and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). She has sung Donna Anna for West Australian Opera and Adalgisa in Norma for Victorian Opera in Melbourne.
In 2014, she made her American debut as Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro for Dallas Opera and her European début the following year as Tatyana for Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Nicole is in increasing demand as a recording artist. Her solo album of operatic arias The Kiss (ABC Classics) débuted at No. 1 on the Australian classical charts. In 2018 her second solo album Heroines was released on ABC Classics in collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She is also appearing in the Deutsches Requiem for the MSO (ABC Classics), as featured artist on Rule Britannia! for the TSO (ABC Classics), as Micaëla in Carmen for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (CD/DVD - Opera Australia) and as Mimì in La bohème (DVD/Blu-Ray – Royal Opera House Covent Garden).