In the 2015-16 season, American mezzo soprano Nicole Piccolomini returns to Oper Leipzig to reprise her acclaimed portrayal of Erda in Das Rheingold and Siegfried in addition to performances of Leipzig’s first Der Ring des Nibelungen in over 40 years. The mezzo also sings Wesendonk Lieder at Sala concerti di Palazzo Pisani in Venice, Italy with the Venice Chamber Orchestra. Future seasons include a return to Oper Leipzig for Erda in Siegfried.
Recent engagements include Erda in Das Rheingold and first performances of the same role in Siegfried. She also made house debuts with Santa Fe Opera as Maddalena in Rigoletto and at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari as Solokha in Cherevichki in addition to a concert with Italia Arte Fest and the Czech Virtuosi orchestra at the Rudolfinum in Prague.
In past seasons, the American mezzo made her debut as Erste Norn in Götterdämmerung at the Dutch National Opera and returned to Oper Leipzig as Das Rheingold’s Erda, following her company and role debut in the new production. She joined the Caramoor International Music Festival as Maddalena in Rigoletto 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 will be televised on PBS and internationally.
Ms. Piccolomini has appeared at Lyric Opera of Chicago as Maddalena in Rigoletto and has joined the Deutsche Oper Berlin for numerous roles including Fenena in Nabucco, Maddalena in Rigoletto, 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 in Andrea Chenier, La Marquise de Langlade in Marie Victoire, and Rosalia in Tiefland. Other recent performances include the title role of Roussel’s Padmâvatî at the Spoleto Festival in Italy; Flosshilde in Das Rheingold, 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; further performances of Maddalena in Rigoletto 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 Messa da Requiem di Verdi, and New Jersey Opera Theatre for a concert of opera favorites.
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.