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 out for.
The 2020 season would have marked Nicole’s debut with the Chautauqua Opera Festival, performing Lillian Russell in Virgil Thomson’s “The Mother of Us All”, Mukhtar Mai (cover) in Kamala Sankarams “Thumbprint” and a joint song recital. However, due to COVID-19 the festival was cancelled and taken to a virtual platform. During the virtual festival Ms. Heinen debuted one of several micro pieces from Frances Pollock and Jerre Dye’s a cappella song cycle as well as performed in numerous online concerts and masterclasses.
As a Baumgartner Studio Artist during the 2018-2019 season, 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.