“surprised with clarity and civility of voice”

– ČASOPIS HARMONIE 

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Bree Nichols is a young American soprano praised for her “rich vocal disposition” (KlasikaPlus) and compelling stage presence. A Fulbright grantee to the Czech Republic, Bree is known for her sensitive interpretations of Czech vocal music as well as over a dozen operatic roles spanning a diverse repertoire. Her career has taken her to the stages of Symphony of the Mountains, Capitol City Opera, Opera Roanoke, Lewisville Lake Symphony, Opera on the James, Opera Experience Southeast, the Olomouc Baroque Festival, and more. In 2020, she was the winner of the prestigious Presser Award in support of her performance and study of Czech opera. Her recent roles include the title roles of Lucia di Lammermoor and The Bartered Bride as well as Gilda in Rigoletto and Nedda in Pagliacci.

BREE NICHOLS

​Off the stage, Bree Nichols is a scholar and innovator in community opera advocacy, where her performance expertise informs her leadership in shaping the next generation of musicians. She is founder and former general director of Stafford Opera Troupe in her hometown of Stafford, Virginia; there she created the Summer Opera Program offering free training and performance opportunities to young singers. Bree holds a Master of Music degree from University of Georgia and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of North Texas. Her dissertation, culminating in the creation of an anthology of Czech opera arias with corresponding research, translations, and phonetic transcriptions, has galvanized her continuing performance and study of Czech opera and art song in the U.S. and abroad.

 
“Bree sang a professional level all-Czech recital with conviction, extraordinary beauty of tone and a solid technique that allowed her to sing through all registers of her voice with ease. The warmth in the lower and middle ranges balanced the powerful and brilliant upper register with unfaltering ease of production.  Equally impressive was her expertise and command of a difficult language and convincing interpretations of each song and aria.  By the end of an evening I had the impression she was just warming up.”

– STEPHEN MORSCHECK

  RÉSUMÉ

PRESS
MATERIALS

 
 

REPERTOIRE

OPERA ROLES

BLITZSTEIN

Alexandra, ​Regina

DONIZETTI

Lucia, ​Lucia di Lammermoor

DVOŘÁK

Rusalka, Rusalka*

FOERSTER

Eva, Eva*

JANÁČEK

Jenůfa, Jenůfa*

Fox, Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen)

LÉHAR

Valencienne, The Merry Widow

LEONCAVALLO

Nedda, Pagliacci

MOZART

Despina, Così fan tutte
Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni*
Madame Silberklang, Der Schauspieldirektor 
First Lady, The Magic Flute*
Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro
Zerlina, Don Giovanni

PASATIERI

The Diva, La Divina*

PUCCINI

Nella, Gianni Schicchi
Mimì, La Bohème*
Musetta, La Bohème*
Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi

ROUSSEL

Béatrice, Le testament de la tante Caroline

SMETANA

Mařenka, The Bartered Bride

STRAUSS, J.

Adele, Die Fledermaus

VERDI

Gilda, Rigoletto

WEILL

Jennie, Down in the Valley
Rose Maurrant, Street Scene*

ORATORIO & CONCERT

FAURÉ

Requiem

FOERSTER

Čisté jitro (Pure Morning)

MELANI

Quai bellici accenti

MOZART

Requiem*

ORFF

Carmina Burana

PERGOLESI

​Stabat Mater

RYBA

Česká mše vánoční (Czech Christmas Mass)

WALTON

Façade

ART SONG

DVOŘÁK

Cigánské melodie (Gypsy Songs)

​Písně milostné (Love Songs)*

FOERSTER

Písně soumraku (Twilight Songs)

Praze (To Prague)

GRANADOS

La maja dolorosa

KAPRÁLOVÁ

Jablko s klína “Ukolébavka”

Smutný večer

MILHAUD

Quatre Chansons de Ronsard

NOVÁK

Melancholické písně o lásce (Melancholy Songs About Love)

STRAUSS

Brentano Lieder

ŽIDEK

O sanctissima

* indicates partial role/work performed
† indicates role covered