Meet Nicole Heinen
Noted for her "golden-voiced" singing (Voix des Arts) and "deft hand at verbal and physical comedy" (The Isthmus), American soprano Nicole Heinen has dazzled audiences with her demanding stage presence. Praised by the Journal Sentinel for her “clear, ringing sound and facile technique”, Ms. Heinen is establishing herself as an artist to watch.
In the 2021-22 season, Ms. Heinen will be singing Henrietta M. (The Mother of Us All) and covering Mukhtar Mai (Thumbprint), Lillian Russell (The Mother of Us All) and Un Pastore (Tosca) at the Chautauqua Opera Company. She will also make her debut TV appearance as “Iolanta” in AMC's “Interview with the Vampire'' to be released at a later date. Additionally this season, Ms. Heinen has won the Wisconsin District for the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition. She has also participated as a finalist in the John Alexander Vocal Competition and a semi-finalist in the Premiere Opera Foundation Competition, Orpheus Vocal Competition and Mary Jacob Smith Singer of the Year Competition.
As a Baumgartner Studio Artist, Ms. Heinen made her debut with the Florentine Opera portraying Miss Frayne and Margaret Hughes (cover) in Carlisle Floyd's Prince of Players and Fortuna/Valletto in Claudio Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea. Additionally, Nicole performed as a soloist in Florentine Opera’s 85th anniversary gala where she “brought [Juliette’s Waltz] off with beauty and mischief” (Urban Milwaukee). In addition to her significant debut’s with Florentine in the 2018-2019 season, Ms. Heinen won the Wisconsin District as part of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the IAET Award in the Casa Italia Competition.