Meet Nicole Heinen, 2018 Summer Residency Artist

In fourth grade, soprano Nicole Heinen really wanted to learn how to sing. So, she started taking voice lessons.

“I was interested in learning how the voice worked and how to sing in different styles,” Nicole says. “I didn’t know what genre I’d be good at, but I knew voice lessons would help me figure that out.”

As a 13-year-old, Nicole started singing more classical songs. One day she picked out some opera CDs at the library, and among them was a recording of Joan Sutherland singing Lucia’s mad scene from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.

“It was so beautiful and transforming, and it sparked my interest in opera singing,” Nicole says.

To this day, Lucia is a role that Nicole dreams of singing.

So far in her career, her favorite types of opera to perform are Mozart and works from the Bel Canto era. She absolutely loves singing Kostanze in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio. Nicole has also sung Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro.

Nicole is a Wisconsin native, and she completed her master’s degree in vocal performance at the University of Wisconsin Madison. However, her singing has taken her all over the United States and Canada. Nicole completed her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; she participated at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia; and she’s most recently been training with Luretta Bybee in New Orleans, Louisiana.

But now that Nicole is in Milwaukee…

“I’m looking forward to working with new colleagues and mentors and making music for new people!” she says. “And I cannot wait to go to Colectivo for some amazing coffee, get some of those wonderful cheese curds and see the beautiful lake views.”

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