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2012 Opera Awards Recipient - Nicole Car

Nicole Car

Soprano

Nicole Car is one of Australia’s most outstanding young sopranos.

She completed her Bachelor of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2007. While studying, she was the recipient of many awards including the Alice Amy McDonald Trust, the Sleath Lowrey Rotary Scholarship and the Marion Isobel Thomas Estate Award.

In 2007, Nicole Car won the Herald-Sun Aria; she was also a finalist in the Australia Singing Competition where she was awarded the Symphony Australia Young Vocalist award. She made her major role debut in 2009 performing Donna Anna in Victorian Opera’s Don Giovanni and covered Madama Butterfly for OzOpera.

In 2010, Nicole was a Developing Artist with the Victorian Opera. She also sang the soprano solos in Das Klagende Lied for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Johannes Fritzsch and was a featured artist on ABC Classics’ Rule Britannia with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. With Maestro Fritzsch and bass-baritone Teddy Tahu-Rhodes, she recorded Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony – again, for ABC Classics.

For Opera Australia in 2011, she sang Donna Anna, Mimi in La bohème, Micaela in Carmen and the Italian Singer in Capriccio; for the QSO, she appeared as soloist in the Deutsches Requiem. Her work in Carmen earned Nicole her first Helpmann Award nomination and the following review from Opera Insider:

"...the find of the night. Nicole Car - what a voice! I don't think I can recall such an auspicious debut (at the Sydney Opera House)...since the 1970's...She was truly sensational with one of the most beautifully lyric, full-bodied and honeyed voices I have ever heard."

Her roles for Opera Australia in 2012 included Pamina in a new production of The Magic Flute, Leila in The Pearl Fishers and Valencienne in The Merry Widow. She was also engaged by the Tasmanian Symphony for their performances of the Deutsches Requiem.

In 2013, Nicole Car sings Mimi for Opera Australia and is soloist with the Melbourne Symphony and Auckland Philharmonia; future appearances in leading roles are scheduled for Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and the United States.

Nicole Car Biography

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Past Recipients

2011 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Zara Barrett

2010 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Lorina Gore

2009 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Emma Pearson

2008 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Shane Lowrencev

2007 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

James Homann

2006 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Amy Wilkinson

2005 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Tamsyn Stock-Stafford

2004 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

José Carbó

2002 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Hyeseoung Kwon

2001 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Nicole Youl

2000 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Han Lim

1999 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Adrian McEniery

1998 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Jamie Allen

1997 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Donna-Maree Dunlop

1996 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Amelia Farrugia

1995 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Ingrid Silvéus

1994 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Fiona Campbell

1993 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Douglas McNicol

1992 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Elisa Wilson

1990 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Akiko Nakajima

1989 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Lucas de Jong

1988 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Stephen Ibbotson

1987 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Helen Adams

1986 RECIPIENT
Opera Awards

Francesco Fabris

Past Recipients

2011
Zara Barrett

soprano

2010
Lorina Gore

soprano

2009
Emma Pearson

soprano

2008
Shane Lowrencev

bass

2007
James Homann

baritone

2006
Amy Wilkinson

soprano

2005
Tamsyn Stock-Stafford

soprano

2004
José Carbó

2003
Not Awarded

2002
Hyeseoung Kwon

soprano

2001
Nicole Youl

soprano

2000
Han Lim

baritone

1999
Adrian McEniery

tenor

1998
Jamie Allen

tenor

1997
Donna-Maree Dunlop

soprano

1996
Amelia Farrugia

soprano

1995
Ingrid Silvéus

soprano

1994
Fiona Campbell

soprano

1993
Douglas McNicol

baritone

1992
Elisa Watson

soprano

1991
Not Awarded

1990
Akiko Nakajima

soprano

1989
Lucas de Jong

baritone

1988
Stephen Ibbotson

tenor

1987
Helen Adams

soprano

1986
Francesco Fabris

baritone

2014
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