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Nicole Car is one of the most outstanding young singers to emerge from Australia in recent years.  In 2015, she made her début at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden – singing Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and Micaëla in Carmen.  The following year she sang Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and the title role in Luisa Miller for Opera Australia (winning her first Helpmann Award for the latter) and Fiordiligi for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden and Opera Australia.

Future engagements include the title role in Thaïs for Opera Australia and appearances at Covent Garden, New York, Paris, Sydney and Melbourne.  Her solo album of operatic arias The Kiss (ABC Classics) débuted at No. 1 on the Australian classical charts.

After completing her Bachelor of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts, Nicole 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 major role 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 (The Pearl Fishers), The Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte) and both Donna Anna and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). She has sung Donna Anna for West Australian Opera and Adalgisa for Victorian Opera.

Concert engagements have included Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem for the Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras; Das Klagende Lied for the QSO; The Last Night of the Proms for the TSO; Mozart’s Requiem for the Auckland Philharmonia; St. John's Passion for Sydney Philharmonia and a major programme of Strauss and Mozart with the Melbourne Symphony. 

Nicole is in increasing demand as a recording artist - appearing as soloist in the Deutsches Requiem for the MSO with bass-baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes (ABC Classics), as featured artist on Rule Britannia! for the TSO (ABC Classics) and as Micaela in Carmen for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (CD/DVD - Opera Australia). 

In 2014, she made her American debut as The Countess for Dallas Opera and her European début the following year as Tatyana for Deutsche Oper Berlin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The vocal standout is Australian soprano Nicole Car, in her U.S. debut, as Countess Almaviva. With a lustrous shine on a warm core of sound, and generous amplitude and expressivity...
— Scott Cantrell | Dallas Morning News | Oct 25, 2104

For Opera Australia in 2011, she sang Donna Anna, Mimi in La bohème, Micaela in Carmen and the Italian Singer in Capriccio; for the QSO, she appeared as soloist in the Deutsches Requiem. Her work in Carmen earned Nicole her first Helpmann Award nomination and the following review from Opera Insider:

"...the find of the night. Nicole Car - what a voice! I don't think I can recall such an auspicious debut (at the Sydney Opera House)...since the 1970's...She was truly sensational with one of the most beautifully lyric, full-bodied and honeyed voices I have ever heard."

Nicole's roles for Opera Australia since 2012 have included Mimi, Micaela, Pamina in a new production of The Magic Flute, Leila in The Pearl Fishers and Valencienne in The Merry Widow.  For West Australian Opera, she sang Donna Anna in 2013. 

Concert engagements have included Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem for the Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras; Das Klagende Lied for the QSO; The Last Night of the Proms for the TSO; Mozart’s Requiem for the Auckland Philharmonia, St. John's Passion for Sydney Philharmonia and a major programme of Strauss and Mozart with the Melbourne Symphony. 

Nicole is in increasing demand as a recording artist  - appearing as soloist in the Deutsches Requiem for the MSO with bass-baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes (ABC Classics), as featured artist on Rule Britannia! for the TSO (ABC Classics) and as Micaela in Carmen for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (CD/DVD - Opera Australia).  A major solo orchestral recording is planned with ABC Classics for September, 2015.  

In 2014, Nicole Car sang Mimi, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for Opera Australia and Adalgisa in Norma for Victorian Opera.  She also made her American debut as The Countess in Le nozze di Figaro for Dallas Opera.