Hailed by the New York Times for her “technically accomplished coloratura” as well as, “floating lyricism,” soprano Nicole Haslett makes a number of role and company debuts in the 2016-17 season: the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor with Utah Opera, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Berkshire Opera Festival, and Florestine in La mere coupable with On Site Opera. In addition, she joins the Lyric Opera of Chicago for its production of Lucia di Lammermoor. Last season, she made her European debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she sang Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, First Niece in Peter Grimes, Semele in Die Liebe der Danae, and Frasquita in Carmen as well as sang her first performances of Adele in Die Fledermaus with Cincinnati Opera.
Ms. Haslett recently joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for its production of Iolanta and sang Chloé in Offenbach’s Daphnis et Chloé with Heartbeat Opera. She returned the Opera Theater of Saint Louis for Sophie in Picker’s Emmeline following previous performances with the company of Echo in Smetana’s The Kiss as Gerdine Young Artist. Other recent performances include Nannetta in Falstaff with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, Sarah and the cover of the title role of The Ballad of Baby Doe while a young artist with Chautauqua Opera, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera in the Ozarks. She is also a former Resident Artist of Portland Opera. In the summer of 2012, she spent six weeks in Beijing with the I SING BEIJING program and in the following spring, she was presented by the program as a featured singer in a concert of Yan Jinxuan’s 白毛女 (The White-Haired Girl) at New York’s Alice Tully Hall. Recent concert performances include Handel’s Messiah with the New Choral Society.
She was a 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions grand finalist and sang excerpts of Zerbinetta from Ariadne of Naxos and Nannetta from Falstaff conducted by Marco Armiliato on the famed company’s stage. She is a 2015 second place winner of the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition and Encouragement Award winner of the George London Foundation Competition. In 2012, she was Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition winner and Career Bridges Grant winner. She holds a Master of Music in vocal performances from the Manhattan School of Music, at which she sang Florestine in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles as well as Eva in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung conducted by Kent Tritle. Her performance credits at New York University, from which she earned her Bachelor of Music, include Despina in Così fan tutte and Jennie Parsons in Weill’s Down in the Valley in addition to winning the Excellence in Vocal Performance Award.