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.
During the 2017-2018 season Ms. Heinen made both her debut appearances as a summer concert artist in residence with the Florentine Opera and performer at the Ravinia Festival. In addition to her debuts, Nicole was a finalist in the 2017 international Handel Aria Competition in part with the Madison Music Festival.
Other roles include #1 (Transformations), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), La Fée (Cendrillon), Mademoiselle Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), Atalanta (Serse), Sister Constance (cover, Dialogues of the Carmelites), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Adina (Miss Addy) while touring with Opera for the Young in the their 2016-2017 season performance of The Elixir of Love.
In addition to opera, Ms. Heinen equally enjoys performing concert and chamber music. She has performed at the Caroga Lake Music Festival for three consecutive seasons, and has been a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, Mass in C minor, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.
Ms. Heinen holds a Bachelors in Music from the Eastman School of Music and a Masters in Music from UW-Madison. She enjoys running, listening to the Crime Junkies podcast, travelling and photography. Ms. Heinen currently resides in New Orleans.
Her repertoire includes but not limited to Die Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Gilda (Rigoletto), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), La Fée (Cendrillon), Marie (La Fille du Régiment), Cunegonde (Candide), and Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare).