German soprano Nikola Hillebrand is praised by expert reviewers for the bright radiance of her voice with its noble timbre, her lightness of touch and sophisticated technique as well as her touching, charming stage manner and highly nuanced interpretations.
While still at the beginning of her career, she has already appeared at leading opera and concert houses such as the Bavarian State Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival and Vienna’s Musikverein.
In the autumn of 2020, Nikola will join the ensemble of Dresden’s Semper Opera, where she is scheduled to appear in the great roles of her fach such as the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Gilda (Rigoletto) and Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel). Further roles are Ännchen in Weber’s Der Freischütz and Adele in Die Fledermaus. She already sang the latter in 2018, appearing next to Jonas Kaufmann as Eisenstein in the Semper Opera’s New Year’s Eve Concert.
Apart from her opera and concert activities, Nikola is a passionate song recitalist. She won the international song competition “Das Lied 2019” in Heidelberg (jury chaired by Thomas Quasthoff) and will make her debut at the famous Wigmore Hall in London in February 2021. February 2021 will also see a mixture of song and opera when Nikola joins baritone Florian Boesch and the Musicbanda Franui for her debut in the musical theatre work Himmelerde at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna.
During her professional career, Nikola has worked with conductors such as René Jacobs, Robin Ticciati, Jérémie Rhorer, Franz Welser-Möst, Alexander Soddy, Manfred Honeck and Stephan Gottfried. As a soloist in Beethoven’s Mass in C-Major, she will be heard first in her Musikverein debut and then again with Concentus Musicus in Paris. Last year, she also performed a concert at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, the Casino in Bern and in Berlin. Previous concert tours took her to Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle, to the Mozart Week in Salzburg, the Musikfest in Bremen as well as South Korea, Egypt and Oman, among other destinations.
After completing her studies in Munich, Nikola joined the ensemble of the Mannheim National Theatre. As a member of that ensemble, she appeared there in roles such as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Despina (Così fan tutte), Gilda (Rigoletto), Norina (Don Pasquale) and the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte). Her interpretation of the title role in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea was an acclaimed success at her former home base.
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